Submitted by Sarah Scoville
I’m excited to announce my candidacy for reelection to the Bedford School Committee. I was first elected to the School Committee in 2017. Over the past six years, the School Committee has accomplished many significant things and if elected I hope to do more.
I want to start by saying that all the work that I am about to share with you has been a team effort. I very much appreciate the elected members of the School Committee, the non-voting School Committee members, the Bedford School Central office, and the entire Bedford School staff. It is an incredible and capable team! Some examples are:
- Navigating a pandemic and returning students safely to school during it.
- Successfully prioritizing students’ needs while staying within reasonable budget increases.
- Supporting teachers by continually asking what they need and how we can support them.
- Hiring one and working on hiring the second superintendent.
- Three large building projects where we received town approval, reviewed designs, and were kept well-informed.
- Supporting initiatives such as: Data collecting in the elementary grades, new math curriculum, and the increased priority on literacy.
The School Committee has also done smaller things that have impacted many such as:
- Adding seats on the School Committee for representation from Hanscom families and METCO families.
- Approval of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement.
- Advocated for a JV hockey team.
Throughout the different policies and issues, I’ve always advocated for children and teachers.
I would like to serve for three more years on the Bedford School Committee. Here are some of my priorities for the future of the School Committee:
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – I value the representation of difference and feel it is important for students to see themselves and see other perspectives in their learning.
- Social Emotional Health – I will continue to support Bedford’s counseling program and their different initiatives. When students have connections and feel they belong they learn better.
- Academic Excellence – I am dedicated to the importance of challenging students and encouraging educational excellence at all levels.
All three are at the foundation of many of the decisions that the School Committee are asked to make. The challenge that we face is not choosing one of these over the others. We need to be patient, strong, and creative to simultaneously prioritize them all.
In addition, I’m excited to work on some upcoming important items:
- Onboarding a new superintendent.
- Continued work on literacy.
- Focus on student centered curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Thank you for your support! I ask for your vote on Saturday, March 11.