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Hoboken High School Principal Hired by Hopatcong District

Noreen Lazaruik will start her new job, for less money than in Hoboken, on Sept. 1, 2012.

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."

CuriousGal August 02, 2012 at 01:22 AM
I have a feeling Hobbs and BFF might have been watching videos and talking in the hallway instead of BFF teaching class....how many time did BFF miss class? Let's count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78. Were parents of BFF notified of their special ed teacher missing class so many times? Did Dr. Toback send out a letter to parents? Did the state? I'm Curious....
tburns August 02, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Hi S. Hernandez. While there are plenty of rumors about who the next Hoboken High School principal might be, I would be very surprised if it turned out to be Dr. Cella. She is currently Superintendent of Schools in Edgewater - overseeing the expansion of their literacy programs and the building of a new school. Why would she step down to return to a district where she was literally "escorted out the door" by Carter crony, Walter Rusak? Of course, Rusak was looking for the principal position to go to another friend of theirs. In one of KF's ONLY laudable actions, they put a kibash on that move and left the hiring of the HHS Principal to Toback. No wonder Rusak has been sniffing around Hoboken once again. Yowsa.
puzzledone August 02, 2012 at 01:50 PM
The shroud of corruption will remain until these numbers are explained. Enrollment by Grade Counts of students "on-roll" by grade in October of each school year. Grade 2010-2011 2009-2010 2008-2009 2007-2008 Grade 8 91.0 Grade 9 131.0 136.0 114.0 159.0 Grade 10 149.0 126.0 130.0 186.0 Grade 11 145.0 128.0 129.0 78.0 Grade 12 150.0 130.0 155.0 111.0 http://education.state.nj.us/rc/rc11/rcreport.php?c=17;d=2210;s=005 Until we know what happened to our disappearing and reappearing 11th graders, any administrators should be treated with extreme scrutiny. If Dr. Cella was not aware that students were going through a revolving door, that's a concern. If she was aware and didn't stop it, that's corruption. No amount of intelligence or positive developments should get in the way of that, and if there is a lawsuit, I hope these questions come out in deposition.
s.hernandez August 02, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Yes true, from what i heard Dr. Cella is doing great things over in Edgewater, so my only guess would be that she feels like she never was able to finish what she started at Hoboken. Like you said, her job was unfairly cut short in a very unprofessional manner - so just maybe, maybe..... I can tell you though the rumor is from a very good source. So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping, if true, she can gather enough community support and superintendent support, so that the board will realize what a great second chance Hoboken high would be given by rehiring Cella. oh and so glad to hear Rusak is out of the picture, nothing good could come from that!
CuriousGal August 03, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Some of Dr. Cell's accomplishments (http://tinyurl.com/d92hvqf): Improved Hoboken High School’s ranking, making it the second most improved high school in NJ according to New Jersey Monthly, August 2008, . (the school continues to make AYP.) Awarded Bronze Medal (2008 and 2009), US News and World Report, for continued improvement measured by socio-economic factors. Improved technology use and access and organized staff development opportunities for Moodle, Apple production software, Frame Forge and other cutting edge software programs. Assisted in the development and implementation of a new curriculum based on Understanding by Design and the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards to include common assessment measures. Restructured the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme, two aspects of International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) along with IB Coordinator. Created 9th grade interdisciplinary team, sophomore personal project, junior book publication project through Student Press Initiative, Teachers College, Columbia University and a senior service project. Improved teaching effectiveness through training of supervisors and teachers in curriculum and instruction specifically Understanding by Design, Differentiated Instruction methodologies, and reading, writing and technology integration across curriculum. Helped to procure and maintain the running of $300,000 grant from the Department of Children and Families.
s.hernandez August 03, 2012 at 03:35 PM
And most importantly Dr Cella believes in the system of education and in the potential of the Hoboken students. She is always a teacher, a learner, a listener, and a doer. By leaving a superintendent job to come back for the principal position in our unstable district, one can tell Cella is dedicated and determined to finish what she started. At least we know we won't get an other one year resume padder. Heard she likes edgewater but misses interaction with the students, staff and the hands on. Come on universe align - this is a big opportunity, Hoboken 's success depends on it - Rehire Cella
CuriousGal August 03, 2012 at 04:14 PM
If Dr. Cella does apply for the HHS position, Dr. Toback better present someone with at least as good credentials as Dr. Cella or his now 18 month honeymoon period is going to come to a rapid end. As far as I know, Dr. Cella is not a neighbor of Dr. Toback nor did she formally work with Asst. Superintendent Hernandez nor did she work at failing districts such as Plainfield, Newark, or the Oranges may "disqualify" her--- people are watching closely on this one.
CuriousGal August 03, 2012 at 04:25 PM
puzzledone- Theresa Minutillo, Ro Markle, and 2 other then KIDS FIRST board members were on the board at the time you mention. They voiced absolutely no issue with the attendance numbers at the time-- and they were the agents of the state and in legal position to make sure the district was functioning appropriately. Please bring in the state and have them do a forensic investigation on this issue if you think it REALLY is an issue.
CuriousGal August 06, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Cronyism--- I have done some investigations and have found out that newly hired (June 12, 2012) Maureen D. Havlusch, Alternate High School Coordinator whose appointment begins on 9/1/12 is the DAUGHTER of former Business Administrator and pension double dipper Robert (Bob) Davis. Furthermore, the fact that Davis' daughter was simply a classroom teacher with a lack of meaningful experience in being a coordinator at the district level means this hire REAKS of cronyism. She has no experience for this position and she is a crony hire by Kids First for BA Bob Davis. I was at the June meeting and there was NO MENTION that Ms. Havlusch is the daughter of Bob Davis. This is typical of Davis who left his previous job amid allegations (http://www.parentadvocates.org/nicecontent/dsp_printable.cfm?articleID=6334). Now, we find out he's leaving Hoboken with an administrative job for his daughter secured? Dr. Toback needs to held accountable for this hire. Kids First needs to be held accountable for this hire. I suggest the Board rescind this hire immediately before the school year begins. This is simple cronyism. No doubt about it. Dr. Toback needs to explain himself.
CuriousGal August 06, 2012 at 10:20 PM
(http://www.parentadvocates.org/nicecontent/dsp_printable.cfm?articleID=6334) More to follow...
Roll Back Our Tax August 07, 2012 at 08:27 AM
Me, myself and I in the state of NJ's "double dippers".
prosbus August 07, 2012 at 02:28 PM
More information-- Maureen D. Havlusch is Hoboken Business Administrator Bob Davis' DAUGHTER. She is inexperienced as a Coordinator of any Alternative Education Program. Davis used his influence to get his DAUGHTER an administrative job in the district in which he served as a BOARD MEMBER! Dr. Toback KNEW that Maureen D. Havlusch is Bob Davis' daughter. DId he tell the Board of Education? If not-- it is BIG. It is SO BIG. If Toback DID tell the Board, who did he tell??? I don't think some members of the Board like Maureen Sullivan would have voted for the DAUGHTER of the Business Administrator-- especially since she is inexperienced. She only has been an English teacher. Cronyism and lack of transparency. This smells ROTTEN.
CuriousGal August 07, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Seems like Bob Davis' daughter charges $550 + $60 in fees for SAT preparation to children's families (http://i50.tinypic.com/ax1he1.png)-- looks like another carpet bagger wants to come to town and get some experience as an administrator. Hard to imagine why Dr. Toback would ruin his reputation in Hoboken on a double dipper father trying to get his inexperienced daughter a job in a district where he held the positions of: Interim Business Administrator, Interim Assistant Business Administrator, Board Secretary, and Board of Education member. You would think that Dr. Toback would have felt the relationship between Maureen D. Havlusch and Bob Davis was worth mentioning to the Board or to the public before he put her up for consideration at the June 12, 2012 BOE meeting. This STINKS of cronyism.
tburns August 07, 2012 at 07:47 PM
The new KidsFirst strategy regarding their dirty laundry is to let it keep flapping in the breeze while yelling "corrupt" and pointing at anyone who dares mention the not-so-nice odor. Does anyone know if the position for Bob Davis"s daughter was created just for her, or did it exist previously? I thought that the district did away with the alternative program.
Redrider765 August 07, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Well, I just don't know but I am certain if you want to visit Hoboken from the town you have relocated here at the best of your bf, you can ask in person at the meeting. Then maybe he can take you out for a bite to eat at one of those restaurants you used to feast at on the taxpayer's dime when you were on the BOE.
CuriousGal August 07, 2012 at 08:31 PM
This coming from old Shep out in Westfield? Watch your p's and q's there Redrider765. I don't think you want to make this too personal.
tburns August 08, 2012 at 02:36 AM
So, Red, you have nothing to add on why your KF friends hired Davis' daughter? Anti-nepotism? BWAAA-HA-HA!!!
Napoleon Complex August 08, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Hey Burns, what was your favorite thing to order at Frankie and Johnnies when you guys were spending money on meals that should have been used for kids educations? Tell us all about your favorite menu items you thief
tburns August 08, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Meals, paid by the Board, went to volunteers at school functions,for example, Members of the School Management Teams. So, you would have to address the menu question to Irene Sobolov.
Napoleon Complex August 08, 2012 at 05:17 PM
c'mon thief, tell us your favorite type of steak. what side items did you like?
s.hernandez August 09, 2012 at 01:39 AM
All this arguing back and forth is interesting, but it's not effective. It seems everybody wants the school system to succeed (I hope), but everyone has a different idea how to achieve that success. I want to remind everyone that an effective, dedicated principal is the key to successful change. I can't imagine one school board that wouldn't jump at the potential of hiring a Ph.D from Columbia's Teachers College to steer the ship. The people of Hoboken have a great opportunity - right here - right now - to put all of their political opinions and in fighting aside. It's official, Dr. Cella's resume and application is on Dr. Toback's desk. Her career has been stellar. Her knowledge as an educator is irrefutable. Her dedication to the district has just be proven AGAIN. She is the most obvious choice; she is the right choice - the logical choice. I ask again that everyone drop the infighting and do what's best for the students, the high school and the town in general. I can't hide it, I was a big fan of Cella, because she believes in education. I believe in education. I believe the very fabric of our society depends on it. And if we all could just stop fighting long enough to read, to process and to understand, the world would be a better place.
s.hernandez August 09, 2012 at 01:40 AM
(Con't) It's not about who has power, it's about not being afraid to use that power for the greater good. A good that is true and universal. A good that focuses on our youth and our country and our world. I can't imagine a better candidate than Cella; she is for that better good. Rehire - Succeed.
tburns August 09, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Interesting FAQ on the School Boards site regarding the applicability of the nepotism regulations on "interim" personnel : Q4: Does an interim, per diem school administrator who is not considered an employee of the school district/charter school have to file the disclosure statements? A: Yes, as long as that person falls within the definition of “administrator” in N.J.S.A. 18A:12-23. Also note that if the interim school official serves in more than one district/charter school s/he must file statements in all entities because it is likely that the school official’s information on the Personal/Relative Disclosure Statement for each district/charter school will be different. “Administrator” means any officer, other than a board member or trustee, or employee of a local school district who: (i) holds a position which requires a certificate that authorizes the holder to serve as school administrator, principal, or school business administrator; or (ii) holds a position which does not require that the person hold any type of certificate but is responsible for making recommendations regarding hiring or the purchase or acquisition of any property or services by the local school district; or (iii) holds a position which requires a certificate that authorizes the holder to serve as supervisor and who is responsible for making recommendations regarding hiring or the purchase or acquisition of any property or services by the local school district. N.J.S.A. 18A:12-23.
lorraine morgan August 09, 2012 at 02:20 PM
i would like to know more about the current events surrounding BOE hirings (not who ate what a decade ago at a restaurant) Is Superintendent Toback as Ethical as we thought him to be ? It doesn't seem that Kids First bd. members are as honest and open as they claim to be . It would be best to have Full Disclosure when hiring a friend , a neighbor a former colleague etc. many unemployed college graduates are seeking teaching positions. many teachers who were laid off from other School Districts are also seeking positions in education. I am sure that Hoboken received an abundance of applications for job openings in the District. And it would 'Raise A Flag' to find out that out of all the many applicants, only those who share a relationship with the superintendent/asst. superintendent/interim SBS/bd Secretary , that they Are Hired and the public is told that we are hiring the MOST Qualified for those positions. Really? With so many very very qualified people seeking employment...Only their relatives,neighbors and friends "get the nod".
Here We Go! August 10, 2012 at 01:18 AM
You have got to be kidding me? Does anyone on this blog actually care about the kids? Kids First? What a joke. Does it matter what side of the aisle someone is on, if they legitimately care about the students? Ok. I have had enough. I read these blogs and I think these people are really bitter and nasty. Then I also read what times they are posted: 1030am, 1139am, 1230pm, and 1015am….Get a job! Seriously? Really? As someone who just reads and rarely comments. I have had enough. First off, all you people complain about Ohaus and Hillenbrand. As much as I liked them. Its over. It’s like the Sopranos. Its over. Find a new show and move on with your life. And you…Kids First flunkies! Frankie and Who? You are seriously still complaining about a restaurant after how many years? Seriously, go there and order a steak so you can consume your arguments! By the way, calling someone a thief over chicken fingers is lame! Especially when one of your current board members was there stuffing her face too. Jesus! I feel like I am taking crazy pills!
Here We Go! August 10, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Look, all of you people have theories on how to fix the public schools but No one can even fix themselves. You are name calling like 12 year olds…… This is why we can not get qualified applicants in the district! Because of the way, the board acts and the name calling amongst their supporters. Not to mention, on an unrelated topic! What the hell is with these hires lately? Newark, The Oranges, Essex County! Seriously! Why would we hire these people to come here from Essex County? Have you been to the board office lately? It’s like a Party up in here…with these people. Can we try to either promote from within or try hiring someone that does not know someone or speak Ebonics? Let’s try it and maybe we will go back to a Bronze medal or at the very least I wont get shanked at the BOE? Everyone watch your cars at the next board meeting, these Newark people may try to steal your cars at the next board meeting!
CuriousGal August 10, 2012 at 01:29 AM
"Kids First" beneficiaries; Carter, Rusak (part of Carter's "team" of terror), Davis (part of Carter's "team" of terror, but actually a decent man, & now Havlusch), Joy (part of Carter's "team" of terror), Donow (part of Carter's "team" of terror), The new BA & all new staff he inherited (all doing what Curko used to do ALL by himself), Toback (who was basically a glorified principal in Sussex) Medlin (brought in by Hernandez), Pereira, (I've heard some GOOD stories about her LOL), Bauknight (brought in by Hernandez), Shannon (goes from teacher & offensive coordinator to director of athletics to VP in eight months! That's very impressive for a "B&R" Hobokenite under "Kids First". I wonder if there's more to that story.) D'Acunto Interdonato (hired for around $80,000 in 2010 & two years later she's a supervisor), D'Acunto Norcia (worked with Toback in Sussex), D'Acunto (oh, either they ran out of siblings or just haven't gotten to that one yet.) Osterhoudt (brought in by Bauknight), Auguste Washington (still waiting for answers. pied, please share. LOL).
tburns August 10, 2012 at 02:02 AM
The Hoboken schools krystallnacht - where intellectual educators were removed and replaced by administrators from Irvington, Paterson and Plainfield happened under the Kids First board majority. Toback seems a good, albeit naive man.
lorraine morgan August 10, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I could be wrong, but I don't believe Hoboken's School District has any of the serious issues of Districts such as Paterson,Newark or even Jersey City. Isn't is a fact that those districts are struggling for many years to improve educationally ?.What progress Have they made ? Why would Hoboken want to inherit any of their administrators ? I'm sure Hoboken has capable people within its District. Parents and the Public are told that Hoboken BOE has been hiring the most qualified people for a number of years now. Many Boards Of Education prepare their gifted and dedicated educators for advancement within their district. It is a serious deceitful and possibly unethical practice if Hoboken's Superintendent is passing over accomplished educators within, just to gratify his former and current colleagues and friends. Parents and the Public are due the respect of full disclosure when there is a questionable relationship regarding an appointment.
Trey-von Jones August 22, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Please read, sign and share my petition. Changes need to be made. http://www.change.org/petitions/newark-public-schools-change-the-graduation-requirements

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