HOPATCONG—Hoboken High School's principal was hired to work in the Hopatcong school district on Monday night, during a heated Board of Education meeting.
Noreen Lazariuk accepted less money than she earned guiding Hoboken High School to become Hopatcong High School's principal.
Lazaruik will make a pro-rated $132,500 in her 10-month contract, spanning Sept. 1 to June 30. The 45-year-old made $137,500 as Hoboken High's principal.
Lazariuk, who only spent the 2011-2012 school year leading Hoboken High, said on Monday night that she looked forward to the challenge Hopatcong presented.
"I'm still kind of processing it," she said. "I'm happy and excited."
Lazariuk's hire wasn't without contention, however.
The Hopatcong Board of Education, short a pair of members, first couldn't garner enough votes to hire Lazariuk. But after spending 15 minutes in executive session, the school board emerged and voted unanimously to install Lazruik in its open high school position.
"I felt that Hopatcong had a lot of issues that were a good match for me," Lazariuk said. "Some of the issues that were brought up during the interview, I felt like I had already made a difference in that in Hoboken."