Letter to the Editor: School Committee Candidate Brings Many Strengths 

Submitted by Erica Chaplin

The Bedford Town Election will be held on Saturday, March 11, and I enthusiastically support Sarah McGinley as a candidate for Bedford School Committee. 

I met Sarah in 2017, when our oldest children attended preschool together. She has always been committed to actively participating in our community and its schools. She volunteers regularly at Davis and Lane, and she’s been a room parent for multiple years. Sarah also coaches baseball and softball with the Bedford Babe Ruth Baseball/Softball program. 

In early 2022 Sarah was appointed to the Bedford School Committee as the first military family representative, serving as the voice for military families on the base and throughout Bedford. In this role, she not only represented the best interests of military students, but also actively engaged in conversations about issues and decisions that impact everyone in the Bedford public school system. Committed to making sure our schools continue to uphold a tradition of excellence, Sarah carefully researches and evaluates proposals before deciding on the best course of action. Although not a voting member, in the past year she weighed in on topics of critical importance such as literacy, inclusion, educational excellence, and budget/funding allocations. 

Not only does Sarah’s experience on the Bedford School Committee make her well equipped for this new position, but her background as a corporate attorney provided her with many transferable skills that she has already applied while serving as an appointed member of the School Committee. Sarah graduated from Georgetown Law School in 2009, worked for large law firms for years, and now has a practice in Bedford. She’s adept at researching complex issues, taking diverse viewpoints into consideration, and communicating how proposed changes would affect students and our school system. 

As Sarah’s friend for years, I’ve known her to be kind, empathetic, and a good listener who offers thoughtful and insightful advice. In choices for her own kids she looks to develop the strengths of each individual and she continually seeks new opportunities for their growth and learning. Sarah’s decisions as a member of the School Committee will be guided by the value she places on developing well-rounded learners. 

We are fortunate that qualified volunteers like Sarah are willing to devote their time and energy to supporting Bedford schools and our community. Please join me on Saturday, March 11 in voting for Sarah McGinley.    

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