ROXBURY, NJ – Succasunna lawyer Carol Scheneck was chosen Monday to be president of the Roxbury Board of Education, replacing former board president Leo Coakley.

The board’s decision to give the post to Scheneck came at a meeting that also saw the swearing-in of a new member, Michelle Danielson. She was elected in November to fill a vacancy on the board created when former board member Richard Alexander decided to not seek re-election.

The board selected member Dan Masi to serve as its vice-president. 

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“I want to thank the board for all the hard work they did last year, and this year they’re going to be doing even more hard work,” said Scheneck, who has been a board member since 2007. She praised Coakley, as did other members of the board.

“I do have big shoes to fill and I know that,” Scheneck said. “I’ve had the pleasure of serving under Leo for three years. He’s been a remarkable president. I have to say, he’s so organized, and he’s innovative and thoughtful. He’s always had consideration for the feelings of his board members. He actually added things to the agenda to allow us to express our opinions at the end of the meeting. He’s always tried to guide the board. He’s always been there for us. We could call him at any time.”

Coakley, who remains on the board, said it was “a pleasure to serve as the president for three years and vice-president” under (former board member) Ron Lucas.

“I’ve learned a lot from my predecessors and I appreciate the cooperation I got from all of you during that time,” he said. “I think our board has made a lot of progress over those years and (there was) great central office leadership with, vision and, we’ve supported them and I think that’s what’s made our district so great.”

Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic welcomed Danielson. “I have to say, Michelle, you are joining a really progressive, collaborative, transparent, supportive board.”

Although Alexander is no longer on the panel, he agreed to continue some involvement with its activities: He will serve as an unpaid advisor to the board’s contract negotiations committee.

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