Submitted by Sarah McGinley
I am pleased to announce my candidacy for election to the Bedford School Committee.
As the mother of three children attending Bedford public schools, I am deeply vested in the quality of education children receive in our district, and I am committed to our continued shared success. If elected to the Bedford School Committee, I will make decisions with an eye towards academic excellence and inclusion, to best support all of our students.
Public service called my family to the Bedford area – we moved to Hanscom Air Force Base from Connecticut when my husband, Michael, was called to active duty by the United States Air Force. We, along with our three young children, lived on Hanscom from 2016 until moving into our home in Bedford in the summer of 2019. Like many families, my husband and I chose to raise our children in Bedford due to its close-knit and involved community and the reputation of the Bedford school system, including its commitment to inclusion and a whole-child approach to learning.
I have been an engaged parent in both School Committee and classroom matters since my children were in the Integrated Preschool at Davis. I frequently volunteer in the classroom, art room, and library, and I’ve served as a room parent for multiple years. Outside of school, I’ve coached spring and fall baseball in Bedford, and most of my weekends are spent on the courts or fields throughout the town.
In early 2022, I was appointed to serve as the first Hanscom Air Force Base representative to the School Committee. In this role, I have served as the liaison between the Bedford and military school communities, and I have built strong foundational relationships with school administrators, the School Committee, and Hanscom leadership.
With my experience on the School Committee, I understand both the critical challenges we face and the exciting opportunities available for us to pursue. I am committed to helping our new superintendent transition into the district, strengthening and expanding academic opportunities at all levels, ensuring fiscal responsibility, and meeting the individual needs of students in Bedford schools.
In my professional life, I graduated from Georgetown Law in 2009 and spent years as a civil litigator working at large law firms, where I gained valuable experience that helped me develop a keen eye for analyzing risk, researching complex subject matter, and engaging in fact-based decision making. At the same time, I performed pro bono work representing women who were victims of domestic violence. It was difficult but rewarding work, which required careful listening and tireless advocacy. Now, as a Massachusetts-licensed attorney with a law practice in Bedford, I hope to leverage these skills and experiences to serve our community.
As an elected member, my decisions will be rooted in the pursuit of academic excellence and inclusion, made in the best interests of our wonderfully diverse student population, and guided by open, candid dialogue with our administrators, teachers, and our community. I am committed to building on Bedford’s reputation as a leader in public education, and I hope you will allow me the opportunity to serve you on the School Committee.
I humbly ask for your vote at the Town Caucus, and then again at the Town Election.