First Posted: 9/18/2013
He was often the face of the Pittston Area School District budget.
Any time a budget story appeared in print, Al Melone was the one quoted.
The longtime Pittston Area business consultant will not return next school year. The Pittston Area School Board received a letter from the Albert B. Melone Co., stating it will not seek renewal of its contract for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
Known for injecting humor into the budget process, Melone has been with Pittston Area since February of 1996 and has been auditor at the district dating back to the 1970s.
Superintendent Michael Garzella said the decision was Melone’s.
“We worked well together,” he said. “We worked hard in the spring to get the budget in line. He knows this district inside and out. It will be another hard transition.”
Board President Charlie Sciandra said there is some discussion of bringing in a full-time business manager.
“With a $43 million budget, it makes sense that we have someone here full time,” he said. “But Al’s done a remarkable job.”
Gazella said the past three jobs he’s had at Hazleton Area School District, the Luzerne Intermediate Unit and Wyoming Valley West School District , all had a full-time business manager. And he would support such a position at Pittston Area.
“With a $43 million budget, it might be a good move for the distict to have a full-time business manager,” he said.
Melone is a certified public accountant and the managing partner of the family firm. A graduate of King’s College with a degree in accounting, he began his career with Coopers and Lybrand in Philadelphia before returning to Northeast Pennsylvania in 1972. He has had extensive experience in auditing school districts.
Melone’s brother, Thomas J. Melone, maintains a similar role as business manager at Wyoming Area School District.
Their firm also does consulting work for Northwest Area, Crestwood, Lake-Lehman and Greater Nanticoke Area school districts.
The Pittston firm was founded in 1954 by Albert B. Melone Sr.