Employee at Lake St. George Elementary receives state honor
A food service manager at Lake St. George Elementary was named the 2017 School-related Employee of the Year, beating four other finalists for the honor.
Education Commissioner Pam Stewart presented the award to David Melnick at an awards breakfast in Orlando today. In her comments, she said that Melnick "goes above and beyond for the students" at the Pinellas County school and called him an example of the "tremendous" effect that school support staff have on the entire community.
Superintendent Mike Grego said that Pinellas County is "fortunate" to employ Melnick.
Melnick started a "Food Patrol Program" that teaches students about healthy habits. The program also has been credited with motivating students to do better in school. District officials said that he "works tirelessly to contribute to the health, well-being and overall education for the students."