Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Cafeteria not ready, Gothenburg school kids eat pizza in gym

With such a tight time line, school officials are not surprised that renovation of the cafeteria was not finished Monday when kids started their first full week of classes.

Students were served pizza from the Pizza Hut in the south gymnasium Monday and Tuesday.

Superintendent Mike Teahon said staff will prepare meals in a newly renovated kitchen Wednesday (today) through Friday and continue to serve students in the gymnasium.

Teahon said the new dining hall will be ready for students Monday when seven choices of food will be offered, similar to a food-court type atmosphere.

Workers were supposed to finish tiling early in the week, followed by sealing and waxing of the floor, he said.

Hooking up communication equipment in the dining hall , such as Internet and video and audio, is still left to do.

Electrical work in an expanded weight room also needs to be finished, Teahon said.

“It was a very aggressive project to do,” he said. “Two months to do a solid three months project.”

For the past few weeks, Teahon said contractor Paulsen Inc. of Cozad, and subcontractors, worked from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. for six days a week to finish the project.

The public will get a chance to see the finished, $1.1 million project on Sept. 2, probably during a tailgate party before the first home football game, he said.

“People will be excited,” Teahon said. “It’s a great space for a lunchroom and activities.”

The project included renovation of 12,000-square feet of the cafeteria, kitchen, concession area and rest rooms and the weight room was expanded by 500 square feet.

Rest rooms adjoining the weight room were remodeled in addition to a small room for sports officials.

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