Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Shelton superintendent of schools will chair Valley United Way's 2015-2016 Community Campaign

Shelton Superintendent of Schools Freeman Burr will chair the 2015-2016 Community Campaign, which kicks off officially on Sept. 16, Valley United Way announced recently in a press release.

Valley United Way Board Chair Janice Sheehy said Freeman has been a supporter and advocate for Valley United Way ever since he came to Shelton.

"The campaign in the Shelton schools is one of the finest in the entire campaign, and we hope that it can serve as a model for others during the upcoming campaign," Sheehy said in the release.

United Way President & C.O.O. Jack Walsh said, "Freeman has been involved with United Way as a member of previous campaign cabinets, as a board member and even as a participant in the Leadership Greater Valley program which we do with the Valley Council and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce. We are extremely fortunate to have his leadership for this year's campaign."

Burr began his tenure in Shelton in August 2009. Previously, Burr held a variety of administrative and executive leadership positions in the Hartford Public School System from 1995 to 2009, including house principal, principal, supervisor of elementary principals, director of Human Resources and director of Secondary and Intervention Schools. A career educator, Freeman is known for his vast experience in urban education, working with diverse student populations and school and organizational reform, according to the release.

Freeman began his professional career in Hartford teaching Grade 6 for 12 years. He served in his first administrative position with the Capitol Region Education Council in 1988, working with “at-risk” youth and young adults in pursuit of high school credit and/or general equivalency diplomas. While at CREC, he was actively involved with the CT Business and Industry Association on Workforce Development, working with a number of companies to develop job-related curricula in an effort to upgrade employee skills to meet the demands of the changing workforce in the early 1990s. Burr returned to Hartford as a middle school house principal before becoming principal of the Noah Webster Magnet School from 1998 to 2005.

He resides in Bloomfield, with his wife, and has many family members and friends in both the greater Hartford and Bridgeport areas. He has been involved with United Way in a variety of capacities since 1975.

Valley United Way is the leading philanthropic resource for the Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton matching the needs of the community and the interests of donors to improve the quality of life in the community. United Way supports and creates initiatives addressing youth, families and people in crisis. Each year Valley United Way funds programs and organizations that make a measurable difference in the lives of people living and working in the Valley.

This is a press release from Valley United Way.

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