Saturday, June 23, 2018
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South gym now student cafeteria

Temporary kitchen in wrestling room.

Wrestling mats are rolled and stacked against a wall where they share space with boxes of canned food.

Freezers and refrigerators line another wall of Gothenburg High School’s wrestling room while preparation tables are set up in the middle of the spacious room.

Across the hall, in the south gymnasium, food service staff put out plates of ham and cheese sandwiches for students to take to long tables brought over from the cafeteria.

Food service manager Joni Jacobsen is hoping the change won’t be too disruptive for students or her staff.

But the plan is what she and other school officials feel is the best way to feed students the last seven to eight days of school.

Elementary students will be dismissed for the summer on May 18 and junior and senior high schoolers on May 19.

Moving the kitchen, staff and students out of the cafeteria is a necessity so renovations of the cafeteria and Community Building can begin and be finished before classes resume on Aug. 17.

Demolition of lights and duct work in the cafeteria, kitchen and board room started Monday which was when the first construction meeting with Paulsen Inc. and subcontractors took place in the board room.

For Jacobsen and her staff, facilities manager Jay Holmes and his staff and other school officials, planning every detail is a necessity.

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