Former superintendent Heery retires, replacement announced

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Philip Heery has left the building, and this time he says it’s for good.

“I had two tours around the district. I promise you there will be no more,” he said, chuckling after he finished his last presentation as the district's energy consultant  to the board on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

 The longtime former superintendent of 28 years retired in 2009 only to come back two years later in newly-created role of energy consultant in 2011. He has worked for last two years as the in-house representative for a program called Energy Education, which evaluates the efficiency of the schools and employs conservation techniques.

 Board President James Galvin said when the board unanimously approved Heery for the $65,000 position, the move was criticized.

“We got a lot of flack when we hired you, but it turned out to be a great thing,” he said. “You worked hard at it. I don’t think people knew that. You were here in the middle of the night some days.”

 He said the success of the program – which has saved the district approximately $2 million to date – is testament for having the right person in the right job. “Thank you for all you have done for this district,” he said.

 During the same meeting, the board unanimously approved Shawn P. Braue of Egg Harbor Township as Heery’s replacement.

 Braue is retired in 2011 from the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a lieutenant colonel in active duty for 29 years. Most recently, he was a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

 He will be paid a prorated salary of $65,000. His start date was Tuesday, Feb. 19.

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