Bessemer hires superintendent, dean of students


June 22, 2023


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BESSEMER — The Bessemer Area School Board welcomed Richard Matrella and Nick Heikkila as the district’s new superintendent and dean of students, respectively, at a special meeting on June 14.

They replace retiring superintendent and 7-12 principal Dan Niemi.

Matrella has been teaching social studies and coaching in Bessemer, while Heikkila has been a physical education and health teacher, and a coach.

Board member Beth Steiger said the board is hopeful to have their contracts signed by its June 26 regular meeting, so they can officially begin du...

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