Robert Kalach, the principal at Safety Harbor Elementary School for the past six years who was extremely popular with students, parents and faculty, was honored by the City Commission during its meeting on Monday night.
Kalach, who was recently chosen to head the new Center for Innovation and Digital Learning at Gulf Beaches Elementary School, received a proclamation and a key to the city from Mayor Andy Steingold.
After the mayor proclaimed May 19th Robert Kalach Jr. Day, the outgoing educator was praised by the commissioners for his contributions to the community.
“Bob, you did a fantastic job in the time you’ve been here,” Vice Mayor Cliff Merz said. “It’s been a pleasure having five kids through that school…and knowing you, it’s been a fantastic experience.”
“I’m sorry to see you go,” he added, “but best of luck in what you’re doing and where you’re going, and I know you will be very successful.”
“I’d like to say thank you on behalf of Safety Harbor, the community and kids and everybody that you’ve touched,” Commissioner Carlos Diaz said. “Your passion is shown every day, your enthusiasm just permeates to all our students.”
“I want to congratulate you on moving. I think it’s going to be something positive for you, a new challenge, and I think you are going to have a great impact on whatever you do and on whoever you touch.”
“I’ve had two kids there so I’ve known you for four or five years now and I appreciate your service,” Commissioner Andy Zodrow added. “You did a great job over these years and the City is going to miss you. Good luck.”
Kalach then took a moment to express his thoughts on his time in Safety Harbor.
“I have to tell you, what an honor to be standing here,” he said. “Six years here in the City, it’s been an incredible ride.”
“I have enjoyed the relationships that many of you have shared with your families and you personally,” he added. “It has made this an incredible experience, one that has given me the opportunity to move forward in my new endeavor.”
“My commitment to children will only be stronger, and I can’t thank you enough for making this possible.”
According to the Pinellas County Schools website, the school board approved Kalach’s appointment on April 22nd, and his new position will become effective on July 1st.