HOLMDEL, NJ – Three seats are up for grabs on the Holmdel Township Board of Education, according to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.
Current board members Eileen Briamonte, Jamie Collins and Peter Reddy will be seeking to retain their spots on the board, challenged by newcomers Zhenling “Linda” Zhang and Irfan Lateef.
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Briamonte was first appointed to the Holmdel Board of Education in 2016 for a one year term. She was re-elected in 2017 for a three-year term. She has been a Holmdel resident for 20 years alongside her husband Chris. The pair have two daughters at Holmdel High School.
Briamonte holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Villanova University. She has been a private tutor for SSAT, SAT and ACT for 12 years, with prior experience as a computer analyst.
“We came to Holmdel because we had multiple relatives raising families here and we saw how great those kids were growing up,” Briamonte told Patch. “We knew that Holmdel Schools provided a foundation for their successes.”
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Why are you seeking a seat on the school board:
I am seeking re-election because we need experienced leadership to continue moving the district forward. Although the referendum is close to the finish line, the school board still needs people who have been actively involved to see it through to completion. Over the summer, I advocated for securing the services of a seasoned professional to serve as interim superintendent, understanding we needed a person with depth of experience so that we could successfully reopen schools. Now there is an excitement around the district with Dr. Seitz, and I look forward to our continued collaboration with him as we plan for more in person instruction. I am inspired by the great things that will come from the culmination of renovated buildings, new educational spaces, extraordinary new courses, new sports facilities and renovated artistic spaces. There is always more work to be accomplished, and goals to be set, and I’m prepared and ready for the ongoing challenges.
The single most pressing issue facing our school district is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it:
The Board will conduct a search for a permanent Superintendent (as an interim can only serve for 2 years) shortly. The position where the Board has the most influence is the selection of the Superintendent. This election is important because those individuals elected will be involved in the process to identify the next Superintendent. The type of foresight needed for our Board can only be gained from direct experience. 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