When Northwest R-1’s Brennan Woods Elementary learners return to university future tumble, the kitchen area will have a diverse look.

The faculty board voted 5- April 14 to award a $195,885 contract to Lexicon Development in Webster Groves to transform the kitchen area at the elementary faculty in Higher Ridge.

Kim Hawk, the district’s main functioning officer, stated the remodel will consist of new flooring and shifting the structure of the kitchen area to offer extra doing work space for workers.

She stated the rework will start after the past day of this faculty yr, which is Could 24, and is scheduled to be concluded by August 1.

Suitable now, learners enter the kitchen to get into the serving line. Hawk explained the rework will shift the pupil serving line out of the kitchen and into the cafeteria.

“We are heading to maximize the amount of money of place inside the kitchen for the cooks to be ready to operate and also make it so the little ones aren’t just form of squeezing through that little space,” she claimed.

“It will make lunchtime additional economical for the cooks and for the young ones.”

Hawk reported the district will deal with the expense of the transform with money from its money improvement fund as effectively as from funding from the U.S. Office of Agriculture (USDA) food assistance method.

She mentioned the district has additional learners who take part in the free of charge or diminished lunch software since the begin of the COVID-19 pandemic so the USDA foodstuff service funding has improved.

Hawk explained the district been given two bids for the undertaking, but Lexicon Construction was the only corporation to comprehensive the necessary pre-bid wander via.

“The key factor is we want to make confident that if anyone is heading to give us a bid they basically appear at the job, not just shoot a selection out there,” she explained.

She said she felt comfortable with Lexicon Building due to the fact the district has labored with the business on various other assignments.

Hawk mentioned the university will not be open up for summer season university due to the fact of the construction.

Brennan Woods learners will show up at summer university at both Murphy Elementary or Large Ridge Elementary colleges.