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To the Editor,
My name is Marie Scanlan and I am running for the BCSD Board of Education this spring. I have lived in Bedford for 17 years, with my husband and 3 daughters. My children have attended BCSD elementary, middle and high schools.
I am the product of public school education, earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Northwestern; my work experience includes financial consulting and brand management.
For 15 years I have been an active volunteer for many community organizations, including Northern Westchester Hospital, the Junior League and Bedford Village Chowder and Marching Club. However, my biggest commitment has been to our schools. After serving as co-president of Bedford Village’s PTA, I co-founded and served as chair of the Foundation for Bedford Central Schools, a non-profit that has funded school projects for five years.
For nearly a decade, the district has cut staff and programs to balance the budget. While the 2017/18 adopted budget requires no cuts to stay under the tax cap, BCSD faces a challenging future with increasing obligations and a flat revenue base.
Additionally, contract negotiations with the BTA are at an impasse. This environment calls for new perspectives, innovative ideas and thoughtful leadership.
Strong schools require conscientious attention to curriculum and professional development to meet students’ diverse needs. This is even more important in a financially constrained environment. BCSD has talented staff and extraordinary students; it needs trustees to be fiscally savvy, creative and engaged managers to rebuild excellence for our students.
I will ask questions, listen to parents/community members, apply management skills and critical thinking and most of all bring a passion for excellence in education to the task.
My running mate, Bill Canavan, possesses skills that complement my own. I ask for your support to elect us to the BoE this spring. Marie Scanlan and Bill Canavan - the choice for Excellence and Accountability in BCSD!