Sheila Cleveland was unanimously confirmed as the new District 7 Williamson County School Board member by the County Commission on Monday night.
Cleveland put her name forth last month when new commissioner Robert Hullett resigned his District 7 school board seat to assume the vacant commision seat for District 7.
“I am very honored to serve the 7th District,” she said upon her confirmation. “I will have the pleasure to serve and represent District 7, and I want to let you know I will do it with a methodical and an objective mind and without an agenda except to represent Williamson County well. My goal is not only to serve District 7 but also serve its employees, its commissions, the superintendent, the citizens, and to help maintain the schools current high ratings.”
In addition to a professional background in finance, Cleveland said that as a mother she has been involved in the community and active in the schools for more than 16 years.
“With my financial background and having a local business with a history of community service, between that and all the activities I have done, I think my rounded experiences would be an additional asset to an already talented school board,” she said. “I thank you for the opportunity and hope I serve you well.”
Both of Cleveland’s daughters attended Edmonson Elementary, Brentwood Middle and Brentwood High School.
Cleveland, as the owner since 2006 of the property investment and leasing company Terragena Group, LLC, has more than 20 years of business and financial experience.
She wrote in her application for the seat that she has overseen negotiation of contracts, marketing and all finances for her company.
Further proving her financial bona fides, Cleveland spent 10 years from 1986 to 1996 as a business manager and corporate financial analyst for Marketing One, Inc. in Portland, Oregon.
“I feel my professional experience of budget development and analysis gives me something unique to contribute to an already strong WCS School Board,” Cleveland wrote in her application. “I have an established pattern of quiet contribution to the community for 16 years. We all believe in our children, and we all need someone who will both listen and lead with care.”
She will join the school board at its work session on Thursday night.