NORTH RIDGEVILLE — After 15 years with the North Ridgeville Schools, Treasurer Biagio Sidoti will be leaving his post to take a similar position with North Royalton.
Perennially honored for his work, Sidoti announced his resignation at the school board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday night. He will begin his new job Jan. 1.
The move came as something of a surprise to some, according to board president Maria Sycz.
“Not everybody knew it was coming,” Sycz said, noting that Sidoti was courted by North Royalton officials.
“He was approached quite often from other districts due to the fact he is considered a top treasurer in the state,” Sycz said. “He did not seek out the position.”
Superintendent Larry Powell agreed.
“He was not looking,” Powell said. “They (North Royalton) were seeking people.”
Powell also praised Sidoti for the job he’s done.
“He’s just top-notch as a treasurer and a person,” Powell said. “I’m going to miss working with him dearly. It’s going to be a hard transition, but this is a great opportunity for him. North Royalton is lucky to get him.”
Sidoti, who could not be reached for comment, was a multiple recipient of the Auditor of State Making Your Tax Dollars Count Award, which is given for excellence in financial reporting.
He also received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 12 straight years.
“Nobody will ever fill his shoes to the same degree,” Sycz said.
While North Ridgeville wanted to keep Sidoti, it simply couldn’t match the financial package offered by North Royalton, according to Sycz.
Sidoti’s new base salary of approximately $112,000 is only slightly above the roughly $110,000 he was earning in North Ridgeville, Sycz said.
The difference came in other parts of the contract package, including increased vacation and retirement benefits.
The search for a new treasurer will begin soon and is expected to include three area school district treasurers, Sycz said.
Powell said the district will contact persons it knows who may be interested in the post, as well as posting it for a wider job search.
“It’s wise to do both,” Powell said. “Someone who is not looking (but may be well-qualified) may miss it. This way we get it from both angles.”
Board members will formally accept the resignation at their Nov. 5 meeting.