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HOLMDEL 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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    Eileen Briamonte
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    Irfan Lateef
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    Peter Reddy
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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?

Campaign phone 732-203-0550
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BriamonteForHolmdelBoardOfEducation
Education BS in Mathematics from Villanova University
The Holmdel School District has met the challenges associated with the COVID pandemic. We pivoted to full remote learning due to the technological investments that the Board has made over the past five years. This Fall, we were able to provide in person learning when many other schools were going remote only. The Board supported investments necessary to allow our students and staff to return to school in the safest way while also supporting our students as they return to extracurricular and athletic activities. The NJEA advised that the COVID-mitigation measures implemented by the Holmdel School District should serve as a model to other school districts. We will continue to use our experiences to stay ahead of our needs for continued learning.

For the Holmdel Schools to be successful, it is critical to have the right people in key positions within our district. The situation where the Board has the most influence is the selection of the Superintendent. This election is important because those individuals elected will be identifying the next Superintendent. It is critical that this decision is made by those who are trusted and have the experience to make this decision in the most decisive and informed manner. My four years as a Board member provides me with the knowledge to make a grounded decision as to who will be the right candidate for Holmdel, someone who will continue to move all of our schools forward.
I have a BS Mathematics Villanova University. Inherent to a math degree is analytical skills and an analytical attitude. These skills are helpful to ensuring decisions are based on sufficient data and accurate reasoning. For ten years I worked for large corporations as a computer analyst, developing and implementing code. For the past 12 years I have been a private tutor for the SSAT, SAT and ACT. My love for both education and technology continues to inspire me and helps me provide insight when I’m supporting decisions that will affect all the students in Holmdel.

During my four year tenure I have served on all of the Board committees. I have been the chair to Curriculum & Instruction/Special Services, Labor & Negotiations & Personnel, Buildings & Ground & Safety, and Community Relations. Last year, I had the honor of serving as the Board’s Vice President. I am proud of the many things this board has accomplished during my four years: additional academic, athletic, and artistic programs; all-day kindergarten; $40M referendum completed on time and on budget; technology enhancements; facility renovations and improvements; increased security; and that’s just to name a few. Most recently, as Chair of Buildings, Grounds & Safety Committee, my committee members were charged with making recommendations to the Board to enhance safety measures ensuring a safe environment for staff and students to return to in-person learning.
Keeping our students engaged and excited about learning is what is expected in Holmdel. We have supported the creation of many new classes. Here's an abbreviated High School course list: AP Art History, SAT/ACT prep, AP Music Theory, Playwriting, Intro to Design and Innovation, Engineering Principles and Concepts (real world), Architecture and Design, Creating Apps with Animation, Intro to Robotics, Robotics 2, Intro to Game Design, Advanced Game Development and Animation, Advanced Graphic Design. Satz now has Advanced Art, Argument and Debate, Bio-technology, Creative Media, Forensics, Game Design, Mysteries in History and Technology, Engineering and Design, Standing up to Intolerance, Dance, and Theater. Village has a new STEAM class, and our youngest pre-schoolers are using a new program called Tools of the Mind. We will continue to find new classes to compliment our tech savvy learning spaces for all students.

We heard from the community regarding their concerns with student and staff safety and we reacted by putting Class III officers in place in all of our buildings. It’s important to continue to make security enhancements to our buildings so that our students always feel comfortable.

Continuity, experience, and a working knowledge of the board is essential as we select our next superintendent to lead our schools.
Campaign Email zhanglateef@gmail.com
Campaign phone ‪(732) 354-1101
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/zhanglateef
Website https://zhanglateef.wixsite.com/home
Campaign Address P.O.Box 761 Holmdel, NJ 07733-0761
Education M.S Telecommunications , New Jersey Institute of Technology
There are several challenges currently faced by the Holmdel School system and enumerated below and my proposals to address them. a. Improving Academic Standards - Over the last 20 years, the Holmdel School ranking has gone down from TOP-10 to below 100. Although the ranking itself is not a perfect indicator of the performance of the school or a key objective to drive, it is an indicator of the trend and in the absence of any other metric a reasonable characteristic to aspire to improve. This entails improving the academic performance of all students across the spectrum. I intend to work with the parents, teachers, and administrators to come up with a strategy to improve existing plans and introduce new ideas into the school system that are agreeable to parents, teachers, students, and administrators.

b. Lack of Communications - I believe there is scope for improving the communications between teachers, parents, and students. The digital channels used by students, teachers, and parents have changed over time and we need to adapt to them. I intend to review and revamp the communication technologies and processes used by the system.

c. Lack of transparency in decision making - The Covid-19 pandemic has clearly exposed the lack of transparency and the ability of the administration to take the feedback from all parties including parent, teachers and students in creating the plans for reopening. I think we could have done the same thing in a much more collaborative way.
Personally, over the last 20 years, I have sent by 4 children from K-12 in Holmdel school system. I am familiar and impressed with most of the excellent teachers and administrators historically. Two have graduated and 2 are still in school in 10th and 12th grades. This gives me a first hand experience of the school administration. I am currently the chair of IEEE NJ Coast Section, a volunteer elected position, with 1300 members and more than 50 volunteers. I am managing the section for the last 3 years and turned around its performance working with all other officers and members using a collaborative and consensus model. I intend to leverage my experience in working with the Board of Education members in driving constructive plans and executing them. Finally, I have also been volunteering with the Holmdel Police Dept Domestic Violence Response Team as a volunteer advocate. This has given me a very close perspective of the issues facing our community and the need to accommodate the situation of all the citizens. Every family is unique in its needs and aspirations and we have strive to enable them to achieve their fullest potential.

Professionaly , I am a senior technical leader driving large team across geographies, leading complex projects. I intend to bring the same professional experience and management values to my role in the Board of Ed to fulfill my responsibilities.
There are three things critical to the quality of education: a. Good teachers b. Good infrastructure c. Conducive, Friendly, and motivating atmosphere

None of these can be changed over night and need consistent and vigilant effort on part of the administrators and the Board of Ed providing the vision to support it. We need to periodically audit the system and the processes in place to guarantee this factors, I intend to work with the board and the administrators to review, improve and if necessary implement new processes that show measurable impact and improvement year over year.
Campaign phone 732-444-1172
Campaign Address 7 Rustic Lane, Holmdel, NJ 07733
Education Bachelor of Science Degree St Johns University.
Holmdel school district is an excellent district & one that is envied by many across New Jersey. Currently Holmdel has the 25th highest average SAT score out of 600+ high schools. 95%+ of Holmdel alumni still attend college after 2 years & Holmdel students historically go to some of the best Universities in the United States. That being said we know there is always room for improvement. When I was first elected to the school board 6 years ago we determined we needed to update & enhance our schools so we passed a $40 Million referendum called the "2020 Initiative". The $40 million dollar project cost residents just over $150 a year more in taxes as we had retiring debt coming off our books & was able to secure amazing financing. The project which finished on time & on budget included a number of projects: new science labs, new engineering classroom, robotics lab, new media center, TV studio, dance studio, athletic fields, tennis courts etc etc. We also added new classes like mechanical engineering & robotics. We increased math & science classes & added additional math coaches for each of the schools so we can continue to increase our scores on the standardized tests. We know how important Steam (we added the A for the Arts) is & will continue to make it a priority going forward.
I have been on the board for 6 years serving as Board Vice-President & chair of multiple committees so I am intimately aware of what is going on in the district & what requires attention.

Serving 4+ years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Captain I have been trained to lead & am comfortable doing so. I am a team builder & can bring diverse groups together so we can accomplish a goal.

For the last 17+ years I have worked for Honeywell International primarily working with public & private schools designing & selling energy improvement projects saving schools Millions of dollars in energy savings. I have been dealing with school budgets & am acutely aware how challenging it is to run schools in todays economy.

I am a strong believer in giving back to my town & think there is nothing more important than helping the children of Holmdel as they are the future.
Serving on the board for the last 6 years I have front & center when it comes to district issues. A few years ago we had much discussion on the correct balance of how much homework children receive at the various schools. We updated an outdated policy after surveying parents, meeting with teachers & principals to ensure we had all the proper information

Over the last couple of years we have spent much time on the social emotional well being of the student. We realized the pressure the pressure these kids are under so put together a program at all grade levels that addresses the social emotional well being of the student.

Continual involvement & engagement of parents & students is critical in making sure we take care of the social & emotional well being of our students. We know it will take on-going commitment of the board & the administration to ensure we continue to trend in the right direction.
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