Submitted by Ann Guay
Bedford’s Town Elections will take place on Saturday, March 11. I am writing to encourage you to vote for Sarah McGinley for Bedford School Committee.
Sarah and I first became acquainted during COVID. In August 2020, the Bedford Public Schools’ Draft Reopening Plan was released. At the time, I was a member of the Bedford School Committee and was hearing from parents about their concerns regarding the resumption of classes in the fall. One of the options under consideration was a remote learning program supported by teaching staff outside the district. Sarah and her husband, Michael, sent a detailed, five-page letter explaining their opposition to the use of non-Bedford teachers for students participating in remote learning. It was incredibly well written and raised an issue I had not considered. Specifically, that such a plan provided unequal learning opportunities for remote-only students. After re-reading the letter several times and googling Sarah to figure out where she went to law school, I picked up the phone and called Sarah to discuss her concerns. It was a great discussion and it helped me see the issue in a different light.
In January 2022, Sarah was appointed as the first Hanscom Air Force representative to the Bedford School Committee. As a military spouse, Sarah has done an outstanding job representing the interests of military families whose children are students at Bedford High School. As a member of the Bedford School Committee, I have seen firsthand Sarah’s effectiveness in her role. Sarah is incredibly dedicated to the position and always does her homework. She asks great questions and is an effective collaborator. Moreover, she played a very important role in the recent selection of a new superintendent.
Earlier this year I decided not to run for re-election to the Bedford School Committee. Making the decision was less difficult after learning that Sarah was interested in becoming a member of the Bedford School Committee. She will be an excellent addition to an already-strong group. I look forward to casting my vote for Sarah on March 11.
Finally, although the races are uncontested, I want to encourage all voters to make time in their day to vote. If doable, bring your children with you to the polls and explain that you are there to support Bedford. We are so fortunate to live in a country where we vote to select our leaders.
Ann Guay has been a member of the School Committee since 2013 and is not running for re-election.