McCOOK, Nebraska -- Plans for a kitchen at Central Elementary were approved and students will able to have lunches prepared on site beginning of next year.
The McCook Board of Education unanimously approved at its regular meeting to move forward with the kitchen remodel plans, with W Designs as the architect. A date for bids for the project can now be set.
Currently, food is prepared at McCook Elementary and brought to Central on a truck. The plans for the kitchen call for an area 18 feet by 29 feet by using the current kitchen prep area and incorporating a small room used as a Special Education classroom. (The classroom will be moved elsewhere in the building.) The larger space will include new sinks, freezers, storage and ovens with hoods.
McCook Public Schools business manager Rick Haney said that no taxpayer money was used to finance this project. Rather, funds will be used from what the food service company, Sodexo, has paid to the school.
This has been a long-range plan of the board, Haney added, with the district saving funds the past six years.
The project is estimated to begin after the end of this school year.
School board member Sandy Krysl said the new kitchen will allow meals to be fresh and may alleviate the number of students who tend to drop out of the food service program at this age.
In other action, the board approved the lowest bid of $112,218 from Midwest Tennis and Track of Dennison, Iowa, to resurface the track behind the high school.
The district is going to apply for a Nebraska Environmental Quality grant, which can pay up to 25 percent of costs, said Rick Haney, McCook Public School business manager.
He added that money has been set aside in the depreciation fund for this project.
Other bids received included $119,917 from Hellas Construction of Austin, Texas, and $130,456 from Fisher Tracks of Boone, Iowa.
The track is currently in its 13th season, said Superintendent Grand Norgaard, with tracks typically lasting 10 years.