Aug 12, 2015
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Kennedy High’s award-winning custodial team are receiving heaps of praise for ensuring a clean and safe campus, which can be quite challenging at times.

One of the star employees is veteran custodial supervisor Sonia Derosant (pictured above in the red shirt holding a trophy), who recently won the 2015 West Contra Costa Unified (WCCUSD) Classified Supervisor Employee of the Year award to the surprise of no one, according to her colleagues.

An employee of the district since 1991, Derosant continues to be known as a pleasant presence who greets everyone with a smile and consistently responds to the needs of staff and students. Colleagues praised Derosant for submitting work order requests in a timely fashion and going out of her way to inform staff of delays.

And her skills in management have led to a successful crew, teachers say. Last year, an employee she supervises, Raymond Wong (pictured in the white cap below), was named the district’s employee of the year for General Services, Maintenance & Operations.

Kennedy High's award-winning custodial team praised“Daily, I see how dedicated Sonia is to making sure that our students have a safe and clean environment,” said Sal Morabito, a special education teacher and school advocate. “I cannot recount how many times I have seen Kennedy students, both regular and special education, give her a hug.”

Kennedy High Principal Phillip Johnson called Derosant “one of the most important employees on our campus.”

“She is the captain of the ship and she keeps the boat afloat,” the principal said. “You can tell when she is away from campus; she is thoroughly missed.”

Wong was also praised as “uncommonly hard working” and quick to respond to the needs to staff and students. Derosant called him the best maintenance worker she’s worked with at the district.

“This guy goes above and beyond his call of duty,” she said. “He is a joy to have around. There is no job too big for Raymond.”

Morabito added: “If one never sees graffiti in the morning at Kennedy it is because every day before other staff arrives, Raymond walks our campus with paint.”


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.