El Sobrante school’s beloved custodian honored

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El Sobrante school's beloved custodian honored
Photo of Jim Collier courtesy of the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

He’s known as “Mr. Jim” to students and teachers at Murphy Elementary and was described by the school’s principal as a “jack-of-all-trades” and “master at all of them.”

That’s why Jimmie Collier, the school’s head custodian, has been named one of two 2016-2017 Contra Costa County Office of Education’s Classified Employee of the Year, according to the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

“A parent’s car needs a jump in the school parking lot? Mr. Jim is on it,” the district stated in an article honoring Collier, a 23-year district veteran. “A kick ball goes over the fence at recess, call Mr. Jim. And, having an unexpected presentation in multipurpose room right after lunch, Mr. Jim will take care of you.”

Collier, 41, has spent the past seven years at Murphy, handling repairs and ensuring the campus is safe and clean, the district said. He is a WCCUSD product as well, having graduated from El Cerrito High in 1993, and previously Portola Middle and Stege Elementary.

He has worked at El Sobrante Elementary School and also Mira Vista and Sheldon.

In a district statement, Collier said being honored “tripped me out.”

“I have worked for a long time in this District and never received this type of accolade,” he said. “I just appreciate everything Murphy’s community has done for me.”

Collier will be honored at the 2016-2017 Classified School Employees of the Year event at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 in the Board Room at the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCOE) at 77 Santa Barbara Rd in Pleasant Hill. The deadline to RSVP for the event is Friday, April 14.

Also being recognized at the event will be Murphy Elementary secretary Tina Otten, along with Human Resources Credentials Technician Angelica Aguilar, as two of the 18 countywide nominees.

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