SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime borough resident Jim Dabroski will be receiving a special honor from the Saint Stanislaus Kostka School in Sayreville at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year. Dabroski or Mr. Jim as he is affectionately known by the students, staff and administration at St. Stans will be named Employee of the Year after 17 years of service.
"He's responsible for all of our grounds, but this (the school) is his primary focus," explained St. Stans' Principal Elena Malinconico. "He makes sure all of our kids have everything they need."
Malinconico first met Dabroski when she was a teacher at the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school. She has been the principal of St. Stans for the past four. The Catholic school in Sayreville houses approximately 160 to 170 students and has been educating children since 1915.
"I've known Jimmy for 12 years," Malinconico continued. "He's kind and efficient. He's wonderful with the faculty because they can be demanding and he makes sure their rooms are up to par. Anything you ask him, he's there to do. He goes above and beyond every day of the week."
Malinconico went on to say that even the students seek out Dabroski whenever there is an issue in the building or an item in need of repair.
"They will come into the office looking for Mr. Jim," she said with a smile.
Dabroski came to St. Stans by way of the construction industry. A close family friend told him St. Stans was looking for a handyman and the Spotswood High School alumni instantly found a second home. Dabroski knew instantly his first day on the job that this experience would be a very different work environment from what he'd encountered before.
"It's like a family here," Dabroski said. "A real community and very supportive."
The Spotswood native takes care of the school building as well as their grounds. He also maintains the church and its grounds. In the winter, he usually manages a staff of two, but currently, he looks after both the school and the church himself and is also on hand to prep for the school's many activities like their upcoming Open House on October 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
"It's about 70 percent school and 30 percent church," Dabroski said. "It's challenging at times, but it is an awesome job. I love it here. I really do feel blessed. The children are great. Father Ken is great."
When Dabroski receives St. Stans Employee of the Year Award in June at a special ceremony, he will be the first non-educator to be given the honor.
"It's awesome," Dabroski said of the award. "It's great. I'm glad they thought of me."