Perrone resigns as head of GNA
Longtime district employee had been working
for a decade without pay
After more than four decades with the district, including
being credited with helping avoid imminent bankruptcy in the late 1990s and working
since 2003 without pay, Anthony Perrone affectionately referred to as Sunny
by some resigned as Greater Nanticoke Area Superintendent on Tuesday evening.
at home Wednesday morning, Perrone declined comment other than to say he has had
health problems that contributed to his decision to leave the district for good
at the age of 72.
Board President Ryan Verazin said Perrone had contacted solicitor
Vito DeLuca on Tuesday evening to convey his resignation due to health reasons,
effective immediately, and that DeLuca then contacted board members. Verazin said
an executive session was held and elementary principal Maryellen Scott was appointed
Perrone, originally from Pittston, graduated from Kings
College in 1963 and by 1966 had a full-time teaching job in the district. He became
superintendent in 1996 and retired in 2003, but agreed to stay in the post, unpaid,
for at least a year.
Asked at the time why he decided to stay without pay,
Perrone quoted poet Robert Frosts Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening:
I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.
became a decade with no end in sight as the board repeatedly talked him into postponing
departure and staying on board. But while Perrone didnt voice retirement
plans in public, he would frequently talk of leaving during casual conversations,
acknowledging the job had grown harder and his health more frail.
as recently as this month, when asked if he was planning to step down, Perrone
replied, I wouldnt know what to do with myself if I left this job.
I have to keep busy.
Verazin said the board will launch a search for
a new superintendent, but that details have not been worked out. Were
in uncharted waters for this district, he said.
He did not expect to
call for a special meeting, saying the issue would likely wait until the next
regular meeting Feb. 13.
The district should run smoothly in the interim, Verazin
added. We have a well-rounded administrative staff, he said.
praised Perrones time with the district. Hes probably the best
leader the district has had, he said. I wish him nothing but the best,
and Im glad he is finally making time for himself.
Area School District Superintendent Bernard Prevuznak expressed surprise at the
Im shocked, but I wish him well, Prevuznak said. Tony
Perrone has been a friend of mine for the last several years. I always appreciated
his help and friendship in regard to my position here.
Frank Galicki lauded Perrones success in turning around one of the areas
Tony has done wonderful things here, Galicki
said. There was a point where Nanticoke Area had the potential of going
bankrupt, and he did some unique things to pull them out of the hole.
think he did an outstanding job, Galicki said. He will be sorely missed.