School Committee Candidates: Amy Turgeon Sevigny

At the November 3 election, Sanford and Springvale voters will elect two School Committee members to three-year terms. The three candidates are Paula T. Cote, Amy Turgeon Sevigny and incumbent Emily A. Sheffield. Kendra Williams is not seeking reelection.

Amy Turgeon Sevigny is a 1995 graduate of Sanford High School and has a nursing degree from Simmons College. She has been a registered nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital for over twenty years and resides with her family in Springvale.

She has been involved in re-starting the Parent Teacher Association at Carl J. Lamb School, and also started a PTA at the Junior High School. She helped bring Challenge Day to Sanford to help students with social/emotional learning, and is passionate about the program’s ability to change kids’ lives.

Ms. Sevigny feels that, as a mother of five children with differing abilities and learning needs, she can bring a new perspective to the School Committee. She describes herself as a positive, solution-oriented person with good communication skills.

As a nurse with first hand experience dealing with Covid-19, she credits the School Committee with being proactive in their response to the virus, and doing the best they can while “rolling with the punches.”

In regard to goals or areas she would focus on as a Committee member: “I feel like continuing to work on communication, and finding different avenues to communicate with all families is something I would like to be a part of. I would love to encourage more family involvement and bring more people with different perspectives to the table.”

About the School Department budget, she did not want to comment on any particular area that needs adjusting without doing more research first. “The upcoming school year will have a lot of budget challenges,” she added.