Burrillville’s Kimatian named RI Business Manager of the Year


BURRILLVILLE – In the latest of what has been a series of statewide recognitions in 2023 of professionals working for the Burrillville School District, Robin Kimatian has been named the Rhode Island School Business Official of the Year.

Kimatian, the Burrillville School Department’s business manager, received the annual honor from the Rhode Island Association of School Business Officials. She was recognized at a School Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 13, with RIASBO officials, including past President Craig Enos current President Brad Peryea, presenting the award.

“Each year the Rhode Island Associastion of School Business Officials recognizes one of the members for their outstanding efforts within their local school district and community,” said Enos. “We had a wonderful pool of nominees for this year.”

Kimtian was nominated by Burrillville Supt. Michael Sollitto.

“She is a consummate professional,” noted Sollitto. “Over the past several years, she has worked tirelessly to ensure the success of students and staff of the Burrillville Public Schools.”

Sollitto noted that Kimatian is always there to provide advice to colleagues, and recently, developed three-year plan to offset the cost of a new teacher’s contract.

Kimatian was hired by the district as a bookkeeper in 1996, and promoted to supervisor of business affairs in 2001. She was named the school department’s business manager in 2009.

“She is a Bronco through and through,” noted Enos. “She is a wonderful colleague and a friend to all of us.”

“Congratulations and thank you, Ms. Kimatian, for all your hard work and dedication to our school district,” noted Burrillville Public Schools on social media.

As part of the award, the recipient can present a RIASBO Scholarship, funded by food service provider Chartwells, to a deserving high school senior. Kimatian presented the scholarship to Class of 2023 graduate Adam Woods, who plans to attend Husson University this fall.

She is just the latest recipient in the Burrillville School District in a series of recognitions in 2023 from state and education agencies.

In recent months, Steere Farm Elementary School’s Laura Dittrich was named the RI School Psychologist of the Year for 2023 by the Rhode Island School Psychologists Association and Burrillville High School teacher Nicholas Horne was named the Rhode Island Mathematics Teachers Association’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

Kimatian lives in Glendale and is married to Gary Kimatian, a lineman for the Pascoag Utility District. PUD officials also took note of the honor, recognizing the member of the “PUD family.”

“Congrats Robin from all your friends at PUD,” they noted. “Well deserved.”

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