The upcoming general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5 will include elections for the Roxbury Township Board of Education. There are three open seats for 3-year terms.
There are two incumbents this year seeking re-election, Dan Masi and Carol Scheneck. They are running along with newcomer Michelle Danielson who will replace Rich Alexander whose term expires in December.
This upcoming election for the Roxbury Board of Education is uncontested and therefore there was no Meet the Candidates Night usually hosted by the Lincoln/Roosevelt PTO in mid-October. Instead, candidates were asked to provide bios and a picture to inform the families and community.
Individual candidate statements and biographies below were submitted to the LRS PTO in place of the Meet the Candidates Night. Statements are listed in alphabetical order.
Michelle H. Danielson
Michelle and her husband Jim moved to Roxbury 15 years ago from New York. They have two sons currently attending Roxbury High School.
Michelle works at St. Therese Church as the Religious Education Administrative Assistant and Tuition Coordinator for St. Therese School. She is a graduate of Norwich University and was a member of the Corps of Cadets and completed Air Force ROTC training while there. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Business. She was previously employed as a system programmer and analyst for over 15 years for what is now Verizon.
She is involved in the community and is an active parishioner at St. Therese RC Church, where she has volunteered for over ten years as a religious education teacher for various grades. Michelle is also a former parent/committee member of Boy Scout Troop 54 for over eight years.
“Since my boys were young, I’ve enjoyed being an active participant in PTA/PTO functions at their various elementary schools around the district. I was most recently on the Eisenhower Middle School PTO board, first as Treasurer, then President. Now that they are in high school, running for the board seems the next step to take in active school participation.”
Adding, “I am running for school board because I think it is important to be involved in the district. The decisions made by the school administrators are many and it is imperative that they and the school board work together to ensure the success of our students.”
Michelle shared one of the biggest challenges facing the district is getting residents involved in the welfare of the district. “Communication Is key – getting the word out about the many programs and developments in our schools – from early intervention initiatives to ensuring the success of our graduating class – it is vital to a strong community. Whether a Roxbury resident has children in the school or not, it is important that they know how their school district is performing and what is happening in their town.”
Michelle believes the role of the Board of Education board member is often misunderstood. “As an active member, I would like to help clarify the responsibilities of the board. Setting direction, providing support and ensuring accountability would be my top priorities.”
“I am proud to call Roxbury home and am more than happy with the education and Special Education assistance both of my sons have received in the Roxbury Schools. Community and family involvement is the key to a student’s success in school – serving on the board included. The Roxbury Board of Education has come a long way since my sons started here, and I would like to work with fellow board members to ensure the district continues on this path of success.”
Dan has lived in Roxbury for 14 years with his wife Carolyn, a NJ public school instrumental music teacher. They have a son attending Eisenhower Middle School and a daughter at Roxbury High School.
Dan is an engineer/scientist with a broad background in telecom, computer architecture, and computer-aided engineering software. He works in radiological/nuclear detection technologies for homeland security. He also sits on ANSI national standards committees for nuclear detection technologies and is an appointed expert US delegate to the international IEC standards committee.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology as well as a Master of Science in Computer Science which he earned concurrently with his undergrad degree from Stevens. He also earned another Master’s degree of Engineering, Electrical Engineering from Stevens.
Dan’s Board of Education and community experience include:
- Roxbury BOE member since January 2017
- Roxbury BOE Education committee member; Community Relations committee chair
- BOE representative to NJSBA Delegate Assembly
- Appointed to NJ Standards Review Committee on Common Core, 2015 (Trenton)
- Grassroots education advocate/organizer
- Officer, Roxbury HS Band Parents Association
He shared, “We love living in Roxbury and think the school district is moving in the right direction. I want to help to keep us moving forward; to be a district that families are proud to send their kids to, a school system that finds the best in every student and builds from there.”
Carol A. Scheneck
Carol is a life-long resident of Roxbury. She and her siblings attended Roxbury Public Schools from K-12.
She has had the privilege of serving on the Roxbury Board of Education from 2007 to the present, and is proud of the school district and its many academic, athletic, and performing arts accomplishments.
Carol has been recognized as a Certified Board Member by the NJ School Boards Association.
She is an attorney in private practice with an office in Succasunna. She earned a Bachelors in Mathematics from Montclair State University along with her K-12 Math Certification and her J.D. from Seton Hall Law School. She was an Adjunct Associate Professor at the County College of Morris IT Department for 21 years and a Computer Systems Analyst for NJ Bell.
Carol’s Board of Education and community experience include:
- Past Board President and Member since 2007
- Chair of the Finance Committee for the past nine years
- Served on Township Council from January 2000 through December 2003
- Served on Board of Adjustments from 1997 through 2000
- President of the Drakesville Condo Association since 1991
- Past Brownie leader and CCD teacher for St. Therese Church
Carol shared, “I have an interest and background in education and have great regard for the school system I went through and the town where I grew up. I would like to give back to the community which has given me so much.”
Adding, “I am proud of my voting record and am very fiscally conservative. I believe I can use my experience in government and in handling budgets to control spending, but not at the expense of the students.”