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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."

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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