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A time line of Anthony Perrone’s employment at Greater Nanticoke Area School District:

1963: Graduates from King’s College.

1966: Begins teaching Spanish full-time at GNA High School. Perrone goes on to work as guidance counselor, home-and-school visitor, and school psychologist.

1973: Named supervisor of pupil services.

1990: Perrone is named acting superintendent when the man who had the job, Charles Davis, becomes ill.

February 1993: The board hires a new superintendent, Anthony Trosan, to replace the retiring Davis. Trosan, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at the Westmont Hilltop School District, was one of three finalists that included Perrone.

November 1995: The board publicly blames Trosan for not telling them about a letter from the district architects citing safety concerns at the middle school, which is subsequently closed.

February 1996: After months of tension, the board ousts Trosan, agreeing to pay him through the remainder of his contract, which runs through June. They appoint Perrone as acting superintendent, again.

June 1996: Perrone is appointed superintendent.

April 1997: State Department of Education financial advisor Ron Stainbrook finds that GNA is facing a $3 million deficit and possible bankruptcy for the 1998-99 school year. The district undergoes a series of cuts and tax hikes to stave off a state takeover.

May 1997: Perrone investigates what he calls improper payments to teachers since 1992 for tuition reimbursement. Perrone contends teachers were getting reimbursed for mail and audio-visual courses that did not qualify for the payments. Perrone puts a stop to the payments, and an effort to recoup about $300,000 goes to arbitration.

November 1997: The district unveils plans for $10 million in construction and renovation, with a new middle school as the centerpiece.

March 1998: An arbitrator rules the teachers get to keep the money because the reimbursements had been approved by Perrone’s predecessors.

March 2001: With the financial crisis seemingly settled, the district announces construction of a new elementary school should begin in six months.

May 2003: Perrone announces his plan to retire at the end of June, but agrees to stay on without pay.

April 2013: A sign bearing Perrone’s name appears in the parking lot of the Nanticoke campus. Several board members question where the money for the sign, which cost $4,347, came from, and are told it came from the general fund.

Tuesday evening: Perrone unexpectedly turns in his resignation, effective immediately, citing health reasons.

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