Retired Egg Harbor Township Superintendent of Schools Philip Heery will return to the district next month to head an energy savings program.

Heery, who retired in January 2009, will be the district’s liaison with Energy Education, a national firm hired by the district in December to assess buildings and find ways to reduce energy costs.

Superintendent Scott McCartney said he recommended that the board hire Heery, who currently works at Richard Stockton College and receives an annual state pension benefit of $103,000, because he was “deeply knowledgeable” about the district’s buildings. McCartney said the Energy Education firm prefers that school districts hire retired or current workers because they already have such knowledge.

McCartney said the district hired Energy Education as part of an effort to reduce operating expenses, such as electricity bills.

“There’s no real risk involved. The position is paid for through the (energy bill) savings,” he said. The company will conduct energy audits of all buildings and Heery’s job will be to work with school staff to implement recommended changes, McCartney said. Heery will become a 12-month employee of the district and be paid $65,000 per year.

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