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MARLBORO TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION – Full Term - Vote for ThreeMicrosoft Word - BOE-JobDescriptionForVOTE411.docxSchool board members in New Jersey are responsible for adopting policies under which the school district operates; overseeing the school district budget; approving the curriculum; hiring and evaluating the superintendent; representing the public during contract negotiations; and serving as a communication link between the community and the school system. Elected school board members receive no compensation and serve three-year terms, unless elected to fill an unexpired term when a vacancy occurs.

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  • Robert Daniel
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    Feiby Dawod
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    Kamilia Maxemoss
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    Susan "Susie" Shrem
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    Jill Strafaci
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Biographical Information

What are the major challenges facing the community/district and how would you propose to address them if elected?

What qualifies you for this position, both personally and professionally?

What factors are critical to the quality of life/education in your community and what would you do to improve or preserve them?

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Campaign Email feibydawod@gmail.com
Website https://sites.google.com/view/feiby-dawod-kamilia-maxemoss/agenda
Education Bachelors of Commerce, Major in Finance
There are many critical issues facing our district in regards to education. First and foremost, is the proper re-opening of our schools, understanding the district needs, standards which need to be met, health and wellness of the students, safety of all staff, faculty and students, budgeting requirement, technology and educational requirements. Parents were greatly affected and burdened during this remote learning process. Having to juggle between work and assisting the children with school in areas where they would normally get help from the teachers was a great challenge for many this year. We need to work together to ensure that kids are able to attend school in person while making sure that we take the necessary steps to minimize the spread of contagious diseases. Proper budgeting is key to achieve this as well as for the overall success of the schools. With proper budgeting, schools can insure that they have the proper resources to meet the different academic needs and perhaps be able to provide more world language classes as well as other important classes such as home economics among others that were removed from our schools and that many parents are unhappy about.
We have been living in Marlboro for over 11 years. My daughters have had the privilege to be part of the Marlboro school system since elementary school. Now that they are older (my older one is in college now), I feel that it's time to give back to our community by helping to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy the same, if not better, privileges as they did. I have spent most of my career in risk management in the financial industry which requires to be very meticulous and analytical, two qualities that I believe I master well. I love helping people solve problems and achieve their goals. I serve in the ladies fellowship meeting at church and I get to hear the different point of views about raising kids and challenges that kids and parents face these days. I come as an outside thinker, I represent the children's interest first and believe that the BOE should work for the people, listen to them and be ready to address their concerns.
We need to maintain Marlboro's high academic standards by continuing to focus on teaching the kids how to read and write properly and be critical thinkers and not deviate to non academic topics. Ensure education over indoctrination. Making sure that all students are treated fairly and equally. Teaching kids to respect others and their surroundings is essential for a good community. Ensure full transparency and disclosure to parents regarding new developments. Maintain parental rights and involvement in decision making.
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The pandemic has created several simultaneous challenges: how to balance learning while in-person or remote, how to provide children with the necessary opportunities for social interaction in such uncertain and changing educational environments, how to keep our students safe while also keeping our teachers and staff safe, and others. As a mother of two school-age children who works full time, I also know well the challenge of trying to help our children learn at home while fulfilling our own professional responsibilities. If re-elected to the Board, I will continue not only my proposals but my actual, ongoing work with administration, faculty, and staff to meet these challenges, providing safety measures for in-person learning while also allowing parents the flexibility to make their own choices, without needing to sacrifice the quality of their children’s education.
For the past three years, I have brought my experience as a six-year Marlboro resident, a mother of two school-age children, and a professional event planner and marketing strategist to my position as a member of the Marlboro Board of Education. I am intimately familiar with the workings of the Board, the communication and negotiation necessary not only to propose but to fulfill the varied kinds of initiatives that we undertake involving students’ education, teachers’ professional development, school safety, facilities management, budgeting, and others. I have also established strong professional relationships with the various stakeholders in our educational community, allowing me to gather information, collaborate efforts, and bring issues to successful conclusions.
No educational efforts can be effective without comprehensive resources, safe environments to use them, and the budgets to maintain them. As a member of the Board of Education for the past three years, I have already worked on initiatives to secure laptops, learning apps, and character education programs; with others, I spearheaded the hiring of retired police officers as school safety officers, and I personally initiated the idea to train lunch aids in CPR and AED. I am currently working to consolidate new facilities for our custodial staff in keeping our schools sanitized as well as to enact an energy-savings program to improve our infrastructure at no cost to taxpayers. If re-elected, I pledge to continue focusing on the stable, resourced, secure education of our children throughout Marlboro.
Campaign Email jill@jazill.com
Education B.A, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ M.S.W. University of Pennsylvania, Philadephia PA
Trying to navigate the COVID pandemic while also suffering from funding cuts from the state is new, uncharted territory for all NJ public schools. The situation is changing on what seems to be a daily basis. Working parents need childcare, students need social interaction and quality education, and many teachers feel overwhelmed with teaching students both in-person and online. Everyone wants to feel safe, but everyone also has a different idea of what is considered "safe". Being a member of the BoE means being part of a team,, working collaboratively, and seeking out relevant information from experts in order to ensure that the children of Marlboro return to school as quickly and as safely as possible.
I have been a Marlboro resident for sixteen years, and a married mother of four kids, ages nine to nineteen. My older three graduated from MTPS and my youngest is currently in fourth grade. I am formally educated and have years of experience in child advocacy, public and special education, and the performing arts. As an active PTA member for the past thirteen years, I have never been afraid to advocate on the behalf of the children of our community, and have been successful in pushing the BoE to implement many of my ideas.
A child's education goes far beyond math and reading. Clubs, sports teams and the arts teach children how to be more accepting, to collaborate, to handle failure, and to see the world through different perspectives. I will advocate that the arts, student clubs and sports programs remain accessible and affordable to students, as well as the allotted funding protected. I care deeply that every individual child feels valued and never marginalized, and will fight for the BoE’s policies to reflect that. As an out-of-the-box thinker, my belief is that many positive changes, even during these uncertain times, can be made in a creative and fiscally-appropriate manner.