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Q&A with Freehold Township Board of Education Candidate Hassan Shehaden

The following article is from a Q&A email interview with Hassan Shehaden.

Question: What is your profession and professional title?
Answer: I am a chemical engineer with an MBA in Finance. Throughout my career, I worked in multiple industries and held different positions ranging from engineering to finance. Currently I am working at Johnson and Johnson as a financial analyst.
Question: How long have you been a Freehold resident?
Answer: I am living in Freehold Township for the past 6 years, since 2006. Now that I have made Freehold my home I cannot imagine living anywhere else. I like the school district and the community. In addition I have made friends in this community that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Question: Why do you want to be a member of the BOE?
Answer: I want to bring change to our school system and make things better for the families in Freehold Township. I care dearly about the education system that our children go thru. Being an immigrant I know the value of education in life, and how important it is to succeed in life. Some of the issues that I would address are, the issue of half days that are counted as full, and as a result the teachers do not have enough time to cover the material and the children miss out. In addition to not providing books for some topics were the students rely on hand outs which in a way are good to pass test but not enrich the learning experience. I will work towards avoiding further budget cuts, as the past ones have affected the students in different ways, ranging from starting their music classes earlier to late bus services which is stopping the students from engaging in after school activities.
Question: What Strengths would you bring to the BOE?
Answer: I will try to improve processes to be able to run the district very efficiently and save money for the schools and the taxpayers. In every position I have held I have brought improvements to processes which in return brought efficiency and growth to the companies. I am a firm believer that actions speak louder than the words, so I will facilitate in acting on the proposals or ideas
on hand.
Question: What do you consider to be important issues in the school district?
Answer: In my view the most important issue is to get our schools ready for the challenges of the future. I am a believer in building a strong educational foundation that will help our students move further excelling in all fields.
Question: What is something you would like to see happen while you are on the board?
Answer: I would like to see more emphasis on education and learning. Our primary goal should be on
learning/knowledge and how to get our students ready for life upon graduation. I want to encourage critical thinking and not just test taking.
Question: Where would you like to see the BOE in a year from now?
Answer: I would like to see the BOE move forward with a plan for the future. I want our district to be a leader in setting school standards and be an example for the state of NJ.
Question: Why do you think people should vote for you?
Answer: I am a dedicated family person, who understands the issues of parents as well of the tax payers.
In addition, I would like to give back to the community that I live in. My exposure to different industries and cultures will bring a fresh perspective to the board.

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