GLOVERSVILLE - After serving nearly 22 years as the principal at Park Terrace Elementary School, Stephen Pavone will retire in December.
"It's been a great run," Pavone said. "I will be leaving happy, healthy and on top. This has been the most incredible ride of a lifetime. This job has been a dream, and I have had the best faculty in the world."
He initially told district officials last June that he was going to retire at the end of this school year, but he decided it was in the best interests of himself and his family to retire sooner.
In this recent photo, Park Terrace Principal Stephen Pavone helps a student with a backpack.
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He said after speaking with his wife, he realized that he has personal matters and health concerns to take care of instead of continuing as the school's principal.
"I really didn't need to do anything this year; I could have retired last year," Pavone said. "But I decided to give myself one more year to complete initiatives and remain a non-Focus school."
Park Terrace is the only Gloversville elementary school that doesn't have the "Focus" designation, the state Education Department's new label for schools in need of improvement based on student test scores.
Pavone said he will be losing a $5,000 incentive for one-year notification due to his decision to retire early.
The district has announced it is seeking an interim principal, who would serve in the position through the end of this school year.
"We are looking for a new [permanent] principal to start at Park Terrace in September," Superintendent Michael Vanyo said today.
Levi Pascher covers Gloversville news. He can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.