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Costley to retire

April 16, 2013

Harrison returns as principal of Pioneer


Citizen editor

Wynn Costley, principal of Pioneer Elementary, is saying goodbye to the Preston School District after 30 years. And Preston Junior High Principal Lance Harrison is returning to the helm of Pioneer after six years at the junior high.

Costley has seen a lot of changes over the past three decades with the district. He’s seen the beginnings of Franklin County High School, which he has been involved with as principal.


Wynn and his wife, Cecelie, won’t be sitting in the rocking chair waiting for something to happen. The two are headed to China to teach English.

“We are going to teach college level English in China, just outside of Hong Kong. It is a BYU program. We will not be doing missionary work. It’s more of a humanitarian service BYU has set up with the Chinese government,” Wynn said. “We will be in the same city Dr. Jerry Waddoups lived and taught.”

The Costley’s came to Preston 1983 after Wynn taught in the Ogden, Davis and Cache County school districts. The family settled in Mink Creek.


Wynn Costley, in his office last week, is preparing for retirement after 30 years with the Preston School District. Costley and his wife, Cecelie, are going to China to teach English.

“When I came here we put down some roots and never found a reason to consider going anywhere else,” Wynn said, “We need to give everyone a big thank you. The community has been supportive. The school board has been very good to work with over the years.”

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2 Responses to Costley to retire

  1. Lona on April 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Going to miss you!!!

  2. T on April 20, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I’m not so sure the parents of the Jr. High are thrilled. Harrison is perfect for the age group at the Jr. High. I don’t know why someone new cant step in at Pioneer an leave Harrison where he is at? Jr. High kids are at a tough age, an when you have someone who is that awesome with the kids, why change it?

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