Meet the Candidate: Sheila Collins, Waterford School Board of Trustees

The following is a questionnaire sent out by The Bee to candidates for the November 2009 election. Candidates supplied the answers, and they are being published it their unedited form.

What is your full, legal name?

Sheila Alice Collins

What name do you prefer be used in print?

Sheila Collins

What office do you seek?

Waterford School Board of Trustees

What is the primary reason you are running for this office?

I have extensive experience in schools and feel that by working closely with Administration and supporting students I can make a positive difference.

What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?

Continuing to ensure instructional excellence and a safe, nurturing environment in which students can excel.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I am very involved in our student’s activities, whether attending athletic competitions, camp, or special events. This allows me to see first hand some of the areas we need to work on and those areas in which we excel. I communicate areas of concern to our Superintendent as well as our successes so they may be acknowledged as well.

Where do you work and what is your job title? (If retired, list position before retirement)

I am “mostly” retired but I spent the last 28 years as a classified employee for Hickman School. I am still the Driver Trainer of record and maintain my school bus certificate.

What date were you born and where?

February 13, 1947 in Buffalo, NY

What is your spouse's name, if any?


What are the names and ages of your children, if any?

Laura Finneman, 43, P. Clark Collins, 42, Katie Shepherd, 37

Please list the schools and colleges you attended, the degrees you attained and when.

Inglewood High School, Inglewood, Ca 1961-1964 and some classes at MJC 1998, 1999

Have you ever held an elected or appointed public office? (Include dates and office title)

Treasurer, City of Waterford 1987 or 88. Waterford School Board November , 2005

Have you run before for an elected public office? (Include dates and exact office title)

Same as above

Approximately how much money do you expect to spend on your campaign?


Have you ever been convicted or charged with a crime other than a minor traffic violation? If so, please explain and include dates and locations.


Have you or a business you owned or had principal interest in ever filed bankruptcy? If so, please include dates and the location the bankruptcy was filed.