John J. Niesz, former superintendent of the Keansburg School District in Monmouth County, was appointed as superintendent of the Bayonne School District at a June 10 meeting. The Bayonne Board of Education approved a three-year contract for Niesz, which requires final approval by the Hudson County Interim Superintendent. Niesz will replace outgoing Interim Superintendent Michael A. Wanko and will be the first permanent replacement since trustees on the Bayonne Board of Education voted not to renew the contract of former superintendent Patricia L. McGeehan in 2016.
Niesz, 53, started his job as the Keansburg superintendent in 2016 after working as an assistant principal at Bolger Middle School. He attended Mater Dei High School in Middletown and worked as a teacher of law enforcement and public safety in the Monmouth County Vocational School District before becoming assistant principal of academics at St. John Vianney High School, a private Catholic school in Holmdel, Monmouth County, according to an article published by the Asbury Park Press about Niesz’s Keansburg appointment in 2016.