COSTA MESA — Members of the Newport-Mesa Unified school board feted outgoing Michael Collier Tuesday evening, bringing to an end his four-year term as a trustee.
Humorous anecdotes were thrown in about Collier, who represented Trustee Area 2 before losing to Councilwoman Katrina Foley by nearly 3,000 votes on Nov. 2.
District Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard recounted one of his initial encounters with Collier, in which Collier told him, "You know what? I like you."
To which Hubbard responded, "Oh yeah? Why's that?"
Collier answered, "Because I see a lot of you in me. You're a lot like me."
Board member Dana Black teared up, saying "You're a real champion, a hero. You really cared about the kids."
Board President Karen Yelsey remembered how she and Collier were elected to the board in 2006. She said that the bond forged between them has always been special.
"We came in at the same time, and we knew each other before we knew everybody else," Yelsey said. "We will sorely miss you."