First Reported Here


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

8:01 p.m.


HarryHurley.com has learned and confirmed that Egg Harbor Township Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Phil Heery will retire, effective January 1, 2009.


We have obtained a copy of the letter that Dr. Heery presented to the Board at tonight's regular meeting. It is being added as a personnel addendum agenda item.


Dr. Heery is a class act and a consummate professional at all times.


He has led Egg Harbor Township through a period of unprecedented growth. The complexities of running a District of this size, is almost without equal in the state.  


We wish Dr. Heery well and here is an exclusive copy of Dr. Heery's letter as follows:



Egg Harbor Township Schools

13 Swift Drive

Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234





Dr. Philip W. Heery                                                                                                                                  Superintendent’s Office

  Superintendent                                                                                                                                         Phone: 609-646-7911

Dr. Scott P. McCartney                                                                                                                                             Telefax:  609-601-2794

  Assistant Superintendent                                                                                                             

Kimberly A. Gruccio

  Assistant Superintendent                                                                                                                         Business Office

Kateryna Bechtel, CPA                                                                                                                                             Phone:  609-646-8441

  Business Administrator                                                                                                                              Telefax:  609-484-9432


April 22, 2008


April 22, 2008 Agenda

Personnel Addendum

4, A-3


To the Members of the Egg Harbor Township Board of Education:


After long and careful consideration, I am submitting to you my letter of retirement from the Egg Harbor Township School District effective January 1, 2009.  This has not been a casual decision, but one that has been agreed upon after months of discussion with my closest advisor, my wife Kathy.


Despite having two years remaining on my current contract, which has been extended twice in the past, I have come to the conclusion that after 39 nine years of service in public education, 11 years in the Long Branch Public School District and the past 28 years here in Egg Harbor Township, it is time to close out this current chapter of my life and to begin to explore those chapters yet to be written.


Several events within my professional life, which come to a conclusion this June, have helped me to arrive at this decision.  These events include the presidency of the Atlantic County Association of School Administrators, the end of a six-year appointment to the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association and most notable, the 25th graduating class of the Egg Harbor Township High School, which I opened as its principal in 1983.  These benchmarks, coupled with the passage of 6 out of 7 school budget votes and 2 highly successful bond referendums, have proven to be most rewarding.


Personal factors such as becoming a grandparent for the second time has also made me realize that there are other individuals who will need my assistance in such important tasks as coloring, counting petals on flowers, reading fascinating fairy tales and object identification in cloud formations.



I am announcing my retirement at this time in order to assist the Board of Education in an orderly transition of leadership within the school district; a school district that will have to continue to address all of the educational concerns facing one of the fastest growing districts in the state and

the largest school district in Atlantic County. I have enclosed, for your consideration, my recommendations for a superintendent succession plan with specific benchmarks that will have my successor in place on January 5, 2009.


Within the next eight months there will be ample time for me to express to individuals and larger groups, my sincerest “thank you” for placing your trust in me and for allowing me to lead the finest school district in the state through some very challenging years.  I will always treasure the experiences encountered and the friends gained along the way as they both have influenced me along my career path.  


As I mention at every opportunity, if I have experienced any success as superintendent of Egg Harbor Township School District, it is because of the talented administrators, dedicated instructional and support staff personnel, coupled with the tireless efforts of a board of education that has the best interest of our children behind every decision they make.


Thank you for placing your confidence in me by allowing me to serve as your Superintendent of Schools for the past seven years and I hope that your expectations have been fulfilled.


With greatest gratitude for a once in a life time opportunity,


Dr. Philip W. Heery

Superintendent of Schools



cc:        Dr. Scott McCartney, Assistant Superintendent

            Kimberly Gruccio, Assistant Superintendent

            Kathy Bechtel, CPA, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary

            Joetta Surace, Director of Human Resources

            William S. Donio, Esq., Solicitor

            Egg Harbor Township School District Employees