Maura is a 15-year Arlington resident and the parent of two children currently enrolled in Barcroft Elementary and Jefferson Middle School. Her husband, Michael McMahon, has been an Arlington resident since 1989. Maura has been active in both schools and civic issues, having served as her neighborhood representative to the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee, Barcroft PTA VP for Academics, Odyssey of the Mind coordinator and other school volunteer activities, and County Council of PTAs (CCPTA) representative. She currently serves on the CCPTA executive board. Additionally, Maura served on the Thomas Jefferson Working Group as well as the South Arlington Working Group, and has been involved in advocacy on both school and County issues.
Maura explains her desire to run for Arlington School Board:
“It is critical that we develop a vision for the future of Arlington Public Schools to guide us in making thoughtful and strategic decisions that will move us forward and ensure the quality and sustainability of our rapidly growing system.
APS is caught in a ‘Band-aid’ approach to issues without a comprehensive, long-term vision. As a result, we have missed opportunities in recent years to address capacity needs in ways that are fiscally responsible, make the best use of our facilities and land, and give thoughtful consideration to instruction. Arlington needs a Board that is open to fresh ideas and innovative solutions in order to make decisions for the long-term interests of our students and schools.
- Long-term planning and comprehensive decision-making
- Data and information that is easy to access, easy to understand, and easy to use
- A fourth comprehensive high school and maximizing use of all current and future facilities
- Creating an integrated network of school, County, community, and business sector resources to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in meeting the needs of all schools and all students
- Increasing students’ opportunities for diverse learning and social experiences, and
- Expanding initiatives to minimize achievement disparities
— all of these are essential to maintaining the excellence of Arlington public education and providing our students with positive academic experiences.”