Education

Candidate Statements

Presenting Board of Education Candidate Sima Farid

cf33bd8528ff2ef82ab5_Sima_F.PNG
Sima Farid Credits: Sima Farid
cf33bd8528ff2ef82ab5_Sima_F.PNG

This is the seventh in a series of profiles written by the candidates running for the Board of Education. TAPinto Elizabeth offered all 10 candidates an opportunity to present their qualifications and goals if elected. Nine responded, and they will be featured one each day.

Sima Farid, a Board of Education candidate, is profiled here.

My name is Sima Farid. ,I am a candidate running for the  Elizabeth School Board. As a social worker, I’ve advocated for those in need for over two decades. I’ve earned bachelor's and master’s degrees in social work from Kean University, and an associate in applied sciences and have received several awards for my work as a humanitarian.  I understand ​the needs and dynamics in our community and enjoy giving back in many ways, volunteering regularly, and assisting those in need to receive community resources and entitlements to ensure needs are met.

Sign Up for E-News

 As a proud parent, I’ve enjoyed being an actively involved PTO member  for over ten years, and it has been an honor to serve as PTO president for two area schools, collaborating  with the school community on events and advocating and raising awareness for those in need. It’s been an honor to have been recognized numerous times by the Elizabeth Board of Education for my involvement and participation in the district. In this role I’ve demonstrated proven leadership and community building qualities needed while working with thousands of students and families.

I feel most qualified to serve on the school board as I am focused on what counts most, the children and have an effective ability to communicate and break down barriers. 

Political corruption is the most important issue facing this election and there’s NO room for politics in making decisions affecting children. I’m not naïve and understand nothing can be changed overnight. I’d work hard to ensure people are hired not because they contributed to political campaigns, but because of their qualifications. I’d advocate to ensure the quality of education and safety in our district is not compromised due to political interference, governance or  corruption and contracts are not awarded as favors, but in the best interest of our district. 

 Other issues of importance include the safety and security of children while in the districts care. Children shouldn’t be knowingly exposed to leaded water due to lack of transparency and delayed action by a school board. If elected, I’ll strongly advocate for swift action in circumstances of health and safety concerns for our district. Children’s safety should be the number one concern, yet security presence in our schools  is decreasing rather than increasing. I’ll  work hard to ensure the school community is safe and advocate for proper training.

 If elected, I’ll work hard to build consensus amongst commissioners  on matters most important to our school community while pushing them to put aside their personal and political interests for the betterment of the district. I’m an excellent facilitator, able to work with diverse populations to find common ground. My goal is to rid our schools of political interference and, if trusted with your vote, I pledge to work hard with each and every board member, the superintendent and our community to improve the quality of education and services available to our students.  It would be an honor to serve our district.

Please Vote for #8 on November 8​th. 

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Elizabeth

Upcoming Events

Fri, February 23, 8:30 AM

Honor Ridge Academy, Clark

Workshop for Parents & Educators: Reducing ...

Education Giving Back

Carousel_image_9c2bb78674ccc6c956e3_2018_st_pats_flyer

Fri, February 23, 12:00 PM

Roselle Park

St. Patrick's Day Party

Fri, February 23, 3:30 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting

Arts & Entertainment Education

Union County Freeholders Partner in Two Upcoming Hiring Events

February 17, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders have announced two hiring event opportunities coming up with Griswold Home Care of Union County and the United Airlines “Summer Assist” youth program.

The first event is with Griswold Home Care of Union County. They are a privately owned, non-medical home care company and are looking for Certified Home Health Aides ...

“Hidden in Plain Sight” - A Presentation Centered Around a Teen’s Bedroom 

ROSELLE, NJ - Elizabeth Parents, grandparents, caregivers, when it comes to your children and drugs, do you know where to look? Do you know what you are looking for? You may be surprised at what is "Hidden in Plain Sight."

The Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition and Prevention Links invite all parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and other adults from the city of ...

At Westfield High School, Student Says ‘It’s Almost Normal to Juul Here’

February 16, 2018

Editor’s note: This story about the rise in teen e-cigarette use, written by Westfield High School student Greta Frontero, originally ran in the Jan. 8 edition of WHS student newspaper Hi’s Eye.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 12th-grade Westfield High School female said she doesn’t bring her Juul to school, but will use someone else’s if the opportunity ...

Indictment Handed Down in Millburn Carjacking

February 21, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – An indictment was handed down in the November carjacking in Millburn where a 13-year old girl was allegedly grabbed by the neck and the suspect threatened to kill her. 

The 11-count state grand jury indictment charges Ahmed Anthony, 30, of Newark with conspiracy, carjacking, robbery and making terroristic threats among other charges. The conspiracy in the first-degree ...

Democratic Party Would Be Making a Big Mistake by Not Recognizing Colleen Mahr's Talents

February 19, 2018

Dear Editor:

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations, Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

Reminder: Free Wellness Program for Union County Military Women

February 22, 2018

All Union County women with military service – veterans, active duty and reserve – are invited to join “Boots 2 Heels,” a free event designed to foster wellness and connect women with resources and guidance for empowerment. Boots 2 Heels will be held on Saturday, February 24 at the Westfield Armory, located at 500 Rahway Avenue in Westfield.

The event is free but ...