Rachel McGregor decided to run for a seat on Dedham's school committee because of the changes that are going to take place within the next year. She believes that parents should be more involved in the decisions, so providing transparency for the whole community will be one of her goals.
"The more conversations we have the stronger we become as a public school district," McGregor said.
McGregor has been involved as an educator for 25 years and is a literacy specialist. And she is excited about being involved in the school committee because of the changes that will soon take place, such as setting the common course standard and the new teacher evaluation system.
"I think it's important to become a part of the process," she said. "Because our goal is to determine what is best for our children, what is best for Dedham's children, and our goal as a community."
Three of her children have gone through Dedham Public Schools. Her oldest daughter and middle son went to Riverdale Elementary, and her youngest son goes to Oakdale Elementary. And she was involved in the school council for both schools.
"I've always been involved and I really think that the school committee is the heart of the schools," she said. "It took me so long to decide because it is such an important role."
McGregor also plans on improving the amount of engagement within the community. And believes that every parent should be involved even if their child goes to a private school.
"Whether we have children in the public schools or not, we all are a part of the Dedham public schools," she said. "It's about making our children excited about our schools."