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Hopatcong High Students Walk Out of School to Protest Principal's Dismissal

About 200 students carried signs and chanted Noreen Lazariuk's name for about an hour Thursday morning.

About 200 Hopatcong High students walked out of school Thursday morning to protest the district's decision not to bring back Principal Noreen Lazariuk after this year.

The students carried signs and chanted Lazariuk's name during the hour-long protest that started at about 8 a.m., according to the New Jersey Herald.

Superintendent Cynthia Randina addressed the entire student body following the protest in the auditorium about Lazariuk's future with the school, the report said.

A large group of students and parents protested the district's decision to not renew the contract for Lazariuk, a non-tenured employee, at a Board of Education meeting last month. 
Surenuff June 07, 2014 at 05:55 PM
Are they really bringing back Binotto? The only reason he is even still here is because nobody in NY where he lives would be stupid enough to hire him!
Emily June 09, 2014 at 11:29 AM
he doesn't care where they put him, he still gets paid. Pension from NY then in about six or less years pension from NJ why would he care. This is the kind of person Gov. Christy should be going after, not the average guy and civil servants. I understand what the students tried to do but I really don't think it had much impact. The board will do what the board wants to do. They don't listen to the taxpayers, why the students. What we need is new blood. not a principal with experience one that has never been a principal, same with superintendent. They come in with fresh new look and fresh ideas not extra baggage that didn't work for them where they were. Out with old and I with the new!!
Emily June 09, 2014 at 11:32 AM
We should also try that with the town. Time to get rid of the old cronies that talk a lot but do nothing. There has got to be someone out there that could step up to the plate and turn this town around for the better.
Tammy June 09, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Hi Emily-Sadly, you are most likely right that the walkout won't have an impact. However, it did accomplish a few things. There was newspaper coverage and that shines a light on the growing dissatisfaction with those running our schools. Trust when I say the media sharks will be circling the bleeding of Hopatcong. It also got more conversations among Hopatcongites about our schools. Finally, it taught our young people that, no matter the outcome, let your voice be heard. Never be afraid to rock the boat. Stand up for what you believe in a peaceful, will organized manner.
Emily June 09, 2014 at 02:20 PM
I understand they were peaceful That helped their cause. . I am very proud of the students and respect what they did and can only hope that some people on the board will take heed to our future voters. They will not forget this. I like that media sharks remark. We as a whole have to keep the sharks away and only let in the people that will help. It is such a messed up system I really don't know how we will get out of it in one piece. The ones that will suffer the most are our young people. Maybe if the board set up a meeting in the school and ask the students what they expect out of the administration, after all they are the reason they are there.

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