Veteran principal retiring
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Veteran Elk Lake Elementary School Principal Charles ‘Chuck Pirone announced Thursday night he was resigning his position for purposes of retirement.
The Elk Lake school board accepted his resignation with regret.
Pirone had been an administrator at Elk Lake for 15 years and previously had been a music teacher in the Tunkhannock Area School District.
On Tuesday, Pirone said he would be stepping down June 30, and the time was just right to “do it now.”
After receiving a bachelor’s in music from Clarion, Pirone launched a career in education in 1980 serving a year in the Clarion school district and then moving on to Tunkhannock.
He later received a master’s in music from Marywood and a master’s in elementary administration from the University of Scranton.
“Thirty-three years is a long time,” Pirone said, “and I’ve just adored the students. There’s a special feeling when they tug on your coat and want to tell you something they’ve learned. I’ll definitely miss it.”
Over his tenure as a teacher, Pirone said the past decade has probably been the most challenging as new technologies have permeated the public’s lives.
“Expectations for both teachers and students have risen to meet expectations within society, and we’re training our students for the ‘next new thing’ which is not always an easy task,” he said.
“But, it’s been an enjoyable one, and if I had it to do again, I would. I’ve been very fortunate to be surrounded over the years by people wanting to help the kids, and that’s our main goal, after all.”
The Pittsburgh native aid he has had many hobbies not least of which is performing on the drums with amRadio.
He also likes mountain hiking and climbing, coin collecting, kayaking, motorcycles, and photography.
Pirone said there is “some other adventure” in the works which he wasn’t quite prepared to talk about, maybe keep one foot in the door of education, but do something a little different.
He is a past president of the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Club, and from 2000 to 2010, Pirone served as President of the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair.