Englewood Mourns

Superintendent Dr. John Grieco

"It is not an overstatement to say that Dr. John Grieco

embodied our hopes and our dreams for Englewood's public schools.

We have lost our friend, our leading academician and our CEO."

Mayor Michael Wildes

Visitation: Wednesday, October 6th (2-4PM & 7-9PM)

Volk-Lieber Funeral Home, 789 Teaneck Road, Teaneck (accross from Holy Name Hospital)

Funeral: Thursday October 7th (9:30AM)

St. Joseph's, 115 Ft. Lee Road, Bogota


It is with profound sadness that we inform you that John Grieco, Ed.D., age 63, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, October 2, 2004. A resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, Dr. Grieco leaves three devoted daughters, Joy, Charity and Andrea.

Dr. Grieco served as Chief School Administrator for Bergen County Technical Schools (BCTS) since 1984, and Bergen County Special Services (BCSS) since 1995, when a collaboration brought the two county schools together. In 2002, BCTS entered into a unique partnership with the Englewood Board of Education to a create a new magnet school program, Academies @ Englewood, and provide administrative oversight of the entire Englewood School District.

Dr. Grieco earned his doctorate degree in Religion and Education from Columbia University Teacher's College. He graduated from Manhattan College with a M.A. in Religious Studies and an M.S. in Theoretical Physics. He received a B.A. in Theoretical Physics from Catholic University of America. Dr. Grieco began his career in education as a mathematics and science teacher, while serving as a Christian Brother. He later worked for the New Jersey Department of Education in the areas of adult, higher, and vocational education. He joined Bergen County Technical Schools in 1979 as Director of Adult Education.

Among Dr. Grieco's many accomplishments was the initiation and development of a technical high school to serve scientifically and technologically talented secondary students. Recognized as a visionary educator at the county, state and national levels, Dr. Grieco served on prestigious national and state advisory groups associated with educational reform at the highest levels, including the Coalition for Essential Schools and the nationally–based research project, “High Schools of the Millennium.” His energy and commitment to the school districts under his tutelage, especially to the children, is without equal.

Dr. Grieco's commitment and educational leadership to staff and students spans three unique school districts. Bergen Tech's Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology was founded in 1992, and became the model for seven magnet high school programs in Hackensack, and a full time technical high school in Teterboro that combine college-prep academic study with a career focus. Bergen Tech's Paramus Campus has provided outstanding vocational and career preparation for full and part-time students. Today, Bergen County Technical Schools enrolls 2,400 secondary students and over 23,000 part time/full time adult students.

In 1995 Dr. Grieco assumed the superintendency of the Bergen County Special Services, a highly specialized district serving the needs of over 1,200 persons with disabilities across several counties. Through Dr. Grieco's leadership, this union of the Technical and Special Services School Districts created many new opportunities for the residents of Bergen County and northern New Jersey.

In September 2002, Bergen Tech, in a special partnership with the Englewood Board of Education, used the same template to open the Academies @ Englewood on the Dwight Morrow High School campus, and to infuse a new educational model in Englewood's PreK–12 system, currently enrolling 3,000 students. Under Dr. Grieco's leadership, a 5–year master plan for all of the Englewood schools was designed and approved stabilizing administration and finance within the district, implementing a technology infrastructure, and providing consistent and coherent programs throughout the district.

Presidents of Boards of Education



Paid for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes, Claudia Colbert, Treasurer