Bessemer hires superintendent, dean of students
June 22, 2023
By MEGAN HUGHES
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...