The Bedford Area School District has promoted one if its administrators to fill its newly created chief operations officer role.

Michael Trimeloni, who currently serves as the district’s director of buildings, grounds and transportation, will become the district’s chief operations officer on Jan. 1, following the retirement of business manager Christina Robosson.

Superintendent Dr. Allen Sell said the new position combines many of the responsibilities of the buildings director and business manager roles, while some of the buildings/grounds responsibilities will be transferred to the head custodians at each of the school buildings.

“We’re real excited about the reorganization of our business office,” Sell said. “... We hope it is a more efficient way to operate.”

The reorganization will save the district about $35,000 annually and offered an opportunity for promotion of some of its employees, Sell said.

Trimeloni previously served as an assistant elementary school principal and took over as the buildings and grounds director in June.

He will earn a salary of $105,000 in the role as chief operations officer.

The district’s school board approved the promotion at its meeting Tuesday night. It also approved the promotion of Amy Collier, child accounting/accounts payable secretary, to the role of assistant to the chief operations officer.

Shane Bingman, assistant principal at the middle school, also was approved to be the district’s safety coordinator.

Many of the responsibilities previously handled by the buildings and grounds position will be transferred to the head custodians at each of the district’s buildings. Sell said those employees will earn a $2.40 per hour raise, Sell said.

The school board also approved a two year contract extension with the Bedford Area Educational Support Professionals Association, the union representing about 100 support staff employees.

Those workers will receive raises of 40 cents per hour for the next two years. The extension takes the deal to June 2023.

The district last month approved a two-year contract extension with the union representing its teachers.

Two online learning days after Thanksgiving

Sell said the district will have two online learning days for all students on Dec. 1 and 2 — the Tuesday and Wednesday following Thanksgiving break.

Additionally, there will not be any sports practices, scrimmages or in-person activities from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2.

The two online learning days will keep students and teachers out of the school buildings for five days following Thanksgiving, better allowing to mitigate the potential spread of the coronavirus following family gatherings on the holiday.

As of Friday, the district was reporting eight positive cases and 69 active close contact cases, as well as 18 suspected cases and 31 suspected close contacts.

Sell on Friday said most of the district’s staff currently under quarantine will be able to return on Dec. 3.

“Almost all of our staff comes off quarantine, so if everyone is careful and does their part, we should have a fresh start,” he said.

Contact Will DeShong at wdeshong@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 150.

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