The Bayonne Board of Education this week approved a $30,000 merit pay increase for its new, Superintendent of Schools John Niesz. During Tuesday’s meeting, by a vote of 5-0, with trustees Michael Alonso, Jodi Casais, Ava Finnerty and Denis Wilbeck absent, a resolution was approved pursuant to the Board of Education’s contract with Niesz, who was hired in June after spending three years as Superintendent of Schools in Keansburg in Monmouth County.
The resolution, which was sent to the Hudson County Superintendent of Schools office and approved, established “quantitative and qualitative criteria and associated merit bonuses for the Superintendent for the 2019-2020 school year.”
The resolution further goes on to say “the Board of Education has now reviewed indicators of the achievement of those goals,” and “accepts the merit goals as established.”
News of the merit pay bonus was first reported by Soapbox Blog, which posed the question “Was it Merited?” when alluding to the fact Niesz was only hired over the past summer. The blog cited the Superintendent’s salary as $194,000 annually prior to the $30,000 bonus, bringing Superintendent Niesz’s yearly pay to $225,000.
An email sent to Board of Education President Maria Valado by Hudson TV seeking comment on the merit bonus was not returned as of publication time.