Velma-Alma Public Schools upgrading cafeteria - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Velma-Alma Public Schools upgrading cafeteria

(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)
(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)

VELMA-ALMA, OK (KSWO) -The Velma Alma-School District will be modernizing their school cafeteria, thanks to the support of the community and its approval of 350,000 bond. The bond was passed in last week's special election with more than 96 percent of the vote. The school's current cafeteria facility will be torn down and re-built from the ground up.

Superintendent Raymond Rice said the bond will not be funded through a tax increase, but instead takes the place of a previous 350,000 bond that was already paid off. He said the school's cafeteria has been in place for a very long time and has outlived its usefulness.

"I'm not certain when it became the cafeteria, we work in a district that has buildings that date back to the 1950's," said Rice.

The building is showing its age and that's why district officials proposed the bond.

"For example new counter tops and new counters, new mixing equipment will be placed in the kitchen. If you look at the walls in the dinning halls and in the front of the cafeteria where there is some missing tile all that will be removed and replaced," said Rice.

A walk-in freezer and refrigerator will also be added and the facility will have new restrooms. While its a big benefit for teachers and students it will also be something the community can use as well.

"This facility is actually still in use and we have outside entities that come in and use our cafeteria and dining hall. We want to make it be a show place. Our plans are to modernize it and renovate it. Everyone is excited," said Rice.

Rice said the renovations wouldn't be possible without the people of Velma-Alma.

"I think when you look at the results of the election where 96.4 of our district voted in favor of and that just speaks to the fact that they recognize the needs and we are thrilled to have that type of support," said Rice.

Rice said construction on the new cafeteria will start on the last day of school in May, and they hope to have it finished before the new school years starts.

Copyright 2017 KSWO. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • At least 3 "tender age" shelters set up for child migrants

    At least 3 "tender age" shelters set up for child migrants

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:12 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:12:25 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 8:50 PM EDT2018-06-23 00:50:08 GMT
    Nicole Hernandez, of the Mexican state of Guerrero, holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Nicole Hernandez, of the Mexican state of Guerrero, holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Migrant babies and young children are being held in special "tender age" shelters after being taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

    Migrant babies and young children are being held in special "tender age" shelters after being taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

  • In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

    In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:21:21 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 8:46 PM EDT2018-06-23 00:46:10 GMT
    A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

  • US leaving UN's Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias

    US leaving UN's Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 1:21 AM EDT2018-06-20 05:21:04 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 8:44 PM EDT2018-06-23 00:44:06 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File). FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2018, file photo, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters. Haley says the U.S. is withdrawing from UN Human Rights Council, cal...(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File). FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2018, file photo, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters. Haley says the U.S. is withdrawing from UN Human Rights Council, cal...

    The U.S. is leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley calls an organization "not worthy of its name."

    The U.S. is leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley calls an organization "not worthy of its name."

Powered by Frankly