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PORT ST. LUCIE -- Palm Pointe Educational Research School in Tradition received honors from two different sources recently.
The first came when Erik Henik received news that he was one of five finalists for the state school-related employee award.
Mr. Henik has been with St. Lucie Public Schools for seven years, and has worked five years as the plant manager for Palm Pointe Educational Research School in Tradition. Previously, he worked at Rivers Edge Elementary School as an assistant site foreman.
He was surprised on April 16 at school by Superintendent of School Michael Lannon, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Assistant Superintendent Helen Roberts, Education Foundation Executive Director Jim McKenzie and Candace Stone, chairman of the district employee recognition committee.
Mr. Henik said his goal is to provide a clean, safe and efficient facility that set the standard for the district. He oversees a staff of 10 employees, and maintains the 32-acre property. He also collaborated with the architect and construction project manager during the planning and building of Palm Pointe.
The state winner will be announced later this month by the Florida Department of Education
A few weeks, later, Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faiella presented a Golden Apple award to the school on April 24, in recognition of the hard work and excellence of the students, teachers and staff for achieving the state's highest rating for a public school.
According to the Florida Department of Education's school accountability report for 2012, the school received an "A' grade.
Palm Pointe is a St. Lucie County Charter School that serves kindergarten through eighth grade.
After the presentation, the teachers and staff were treated to lunch, courtesy of the 19th Hole and Sandpiper Room in Port St. Lucie.
"Our faculty and staff go above and beyond," said Palm Pointe Principal Debra Snyder. "It takes a team to make us successful."