Board Looks Forward to District’s Future and Growth
MOUNT HOLLY, NJ – After weeks of interviewing and reviewing applicants for the position of superintendent of Rancocas Valley Regional HighSchool (RVRHS), the district’s Board of Education appointed Christopher W. Heilig, Ed.D., at its regular board meeting on February 24. Heilig will replace interim superintendent Emily Capella, effective July 1, 2015.
Heilig, a Moorestown resident, currently serves as Director of Programs and Planning for the Lenape Regional High School District (LRHSD).
RVRHS BOE President Charles “Chip” Miller said, “We are very pleased to welcome Chris to RVRHS. He has spent his career preparing for this position as a teacher, coach and administrator at both the Moorestown and Lenape districts. Chris understands the need for a well-balanced program including academics and extracurricular activities for high school students.”
Miller said the board is anticipating growth under Heilig’s leadership. “Chris has a strong work ethic and will be the leader that RVRHS needs to continue to grow and improve.”
“I have been an educator and resident of Burlington County for more than twenty years in a variety of roles… and I have learned the importance of the personal connections that educators make with students and the impact of teachers,” acknowledged Heilig. “As a long-time observer of RVRHS, I see a history, deep tradition and a great sense of pride in this school. I sense the total education philosophy that aligns with my philosophy.”
Heilig served as assessment, accountability, and programs coordinator at LRHSD from 2009-2012, before being promoted to his current position. Previously, he served in numerous teaching and administrative roles at Cherokee High School, Lenape High School, Moorestown Township Public Schools and Moorestown High School.
As director of programs and planning at LRHSD, Heilig provides leadership and guidance to staff regarding grants development; implementation of educational programs, policies and procedures; coordination of district-wide efforts in planning, developing and managing student achievement data; and the ongoing implementation of the district’s strategic plan. He also acts as a liaison to outside agencies and is the district’s test coordinator, affirmative action officer, Title I grant coordinator, and harassment, intimidation and bullying coordinator.
Heilig holds a School Administrator’s Certificate (required for superintendents), a Principal’s certificate, and is trained in school district strategic planning. He is a member of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, American Association of School Administrators, New Jersey Association of Federal Program Administrators, New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
After earning a bachelor of arts in health and physical education from Kean College of New Jersey in 1993, Heilig earned a master’s in educational leadership from The College of New Jersey in 2002. He completed a doctorate in educational leadership from Rowan University in 2014.