Board Of Education Candidates Host Meet & Greet At Bottle Hill Day
Saturday, September 21, 2013 • 12:00am
Two of the three candidates running for the Board of Education will be available at Bottle Hill Day to introduce themselves and answer questions. Leslie Lajewski and Johanna Habib are hosting a booth at Bottle Hill Day, welcoming people to stop by and get to know them. Their booth will be on Central Avenue near the Madison Housing Authority building at 24 Central Avenue. Johanna Habib explains, "We were looking for ways to make ourselves available to more of the community and thought Bottle Hill Day was the perfect opportunity." The pair hopes the interaction with the public will help residents learn more about their backgrounds and goals if elected to the board. "Johanna and I were talking about how Bottle Hill Day is one of our favorite events in town," Leslie Lajewski continues, "How it allows us to catch up with people we don't get to see on a regular basis while enjoying all the wonderful things Madison has to offer. It just seemed a perfect fit for us to host a booth."
Habib is a 12-year resident of Madison, with 2 children in the public school system. Lajewski is a 20-year resident of Madison, also with 2 children in the public school system. Both Habib and Lajewski have been long-term volunteers in their children's respective schools and in the town, in general. Habib has a B.S. in Business Logistics and M.B.A in Management. She previously worked for Merck Pharmaceuticals and Philips Electronics B.V. in various supply chain management positions. Lajewski has a B.S. in Political Science, a B.A. in English and a J.D. She practiced employment/human resource law throughout New Jersey for 20 years, counseling employers on all aspects of the law and representing them in litigation.
When asked to summarize their objectives if elected, the women listed three overall goals: First, to seek to aid in the careful management of the financial resources generated by the sale of the Green Village Road School while balancing the competing demands on those resources. Second, to focus on increasing and improving communications between the public and the Board of Education. This includes a goal of increasing the participation of the public and the intention of making themselves available to assist in understanding the decision making process of the Board. Third, to offer fresh perspectives on managing the challenges facing the school district, challenges that include changing state and federal regulations, increased standardized testing, curriculum mandates, teacher evaluations and ongoing budget constraints.