Lunchtime at SneadsHigh School is congested and the rushed. The lunchroom was ideal 60 years ago when it was built, but now the school has grown and so has the need for expansion. The renovation project was approved last year but it didn’t include asbestos removal in the kitchen area.
Monday night the Jackson County School Board looks to approve a contract to combine the renovation and removal. This project will make lunchtime both safe and more efficient.
"We have to start serving lunches at 10:30,” said Steve Benton, Jackson County School Board Superintendent. “It takes like three hours to serve lunches."Asbestos is currently sitting harmless in the kitchen ceilings. Benton said the project will cost 865 thousand dollars. Capital outlay and the 1/2 cent sales tax will fund the project. Lunchroom capacity is at 190 people and the school is home to just under 400 students which makes lunchtime rushed and difficult to find a seat at times.
The renovation is set to begin after school is out for summer. The renovation will include a nine hundred square feet expansion which will be added to the south end of the lunchroom. An outdoor eating area is also in the schools near future. “On the outside there will be a knee wall,” said Benton. “That will come up with a roof over it for an outside eating area. It will be a modern cafeteria when we get finished with it."
The project is set to wrap by November 1st. Once school starts, students will have lunches from Grand Ridge and eat in the old gymnasium.