Ston­ing­ton — Bill King, who is cred­ited with ne­go­ti­at­ing con­tracts for fuel, buses and util­i­ties that have saved the town large sums of money over the years, is step­ping down from his post as the school sys­tem’s di­rec­tor of oper­a­tion and fa­cil­i­ties at the end of the month.

In what have been some dif­fi­cult bud­get years in the past, King of­ten brought good news to the Board of Fi­nance about deals he had been able to ne­go­ti­ate as the town strug­gled to keep taxes low and avoid cuts.

In his po­si­tion, King has re­spon­si­bil­ity for com­mu­ni­ca­tions, trans­porta­tion, main­te­nance, cus­to­di­ans, build­ings, fa­cil­i­ties and school pur­chas­ing.

“We’re go­ing to miss him tremen­dously. He’s been here a long time and done a lot of won­der­ful things for us,” Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Van Ri­ley said.

Board of Education Chair­man Frank Todisco agreed.

“He’s al­ways done a great job look­ing out for the town. He’s al­ways been avail­able day and night, on week­ends,” he said. “No mat­ter what we have put on his plate, he fig­ured out how to get it done. He will be missed.”

Ri­ley said the school sys­tem has ad­ver­tised the po­si­tion and ap­pli­ca­tions will close on Friday.

King could not be reached for com­ment this week.

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