School Facilities Chief Geary Leaving for N.H. Job

Thomas Geary is credited with the fast reopening of the Consentino School library after a pipe burst early last year. Here, Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini surveyed the damage at the time with Principal John Mele.

Thomas Geary. (Courtesy photograph.)

Thomas Geary. (Courtesy photograph.)

Haverhill Supervisor of Facilities Thomas Geary who, among other achievements, shepherded the reopening of the Albert B. Consentino School library last year after a heating pipe burst, is leaving his post.

Geary is taking a new job as business operations coordinator for a New Hampshire school district, Superintendent James F. Scully said Tuesday. Haverhill High School senior custodian James Hayes will assume most of Geary’s duties. While congratulating Geary, Scully said his departure is a “significant loss.”

“In the early months of my superintendency, Tom assisted me in redesigning responsibilities and was the quarterback in cleaning up our schools,” Scully said. “Tom has remained steadfast in his focus of improving the learning environment for all with his vision and efforts.”

Following what was termed “massive damage” to Consentino in 2016, Scully said at the time, Principal John Mele and Geary “worked around the clock for seven days to allow the Consentino to reopen.”

The superintendent said he picked Hayes because the longtime worker was “instrumental in addressing facility issues at Haverhill High School during the accreditation concerns.”

Hayes will address myriad needs this summer aimed at ensuring the proper opening of schools in the fall, Scully said.