LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - Lumberton Schools are getting a much-needed upgrade to its cafeteria thanks to a one million dollar bond.
“The kitchen at this point has a lot of electrical and plumbing issues that need to be addressed," said Head Principal Bryan Giles. “We are looking at increasing the serving line efficiency and capacity because the needs now are not necessarily what they were in 1957. It’s not just a cosmetic overhaul of the cafeteria, but a complete renovation of the kitchen and cooking facilities for these ladies."
Construction on the building began earlier this week. Lamar County Superintendent Tess Smith said the project will be a lengthy process.
“It’s going to take several months. Hopefully the bulk of it will occur over summer break, but it will continue into the fall. We are just so excited about the outcome," said Smith.
Right now, students are getting bagged lunches and are able to eat in their classrooms. Giles said the school is making sure students are getting what they need during this construction period.
“Our cafeteria staff has done a great job of looking at ways to make sure our students get a hot meal, not just sandwiches," said Giles. “That was a concern when we didn’t have a cafeteria, we don’t want to just have a sandwich every day. We are going to continue to look at ways to add things into the menu."
Renovations to the school’s bus barn will also be a part of this project. The project is expected to be finished shortly after the new school year.