SUMRALL, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of students at Sumrall Middle School and Sumrall High School are getting nutritious meals in a new dining facility. On Monday, students began eating lunches in a new $2 million cafeteria.
The facility replaces a much smaller building and will serve the nearly 900 students which attend the middle and high school.
Wednesday morning, school administrators, teachers and students gathered for a ribbon-cutting at the new facility.
"Over a period of years, we were able to put back some money, so this was not a burden on going into debt or extra millage, this was paid for out of school district money," said Ben Burnett, superintendent of education for Lamar County.
"This is just really, really nice for the students here," said Becke Bounds, assistant director for the Office of Child Nutrition for the State Dept. of Education. "It's what we'd like to see all around, if it could be afforded. It's what students need," she said.
Becke Bounds was the former director of child nutrition in Sumrall.
School officials said the old cafeteria will be converted into classrooms.