Eubank Elementary will open next week without cafeteria

EUBANK, Ky. (WKYT) - The end the school year meant the start of a major renovation project for one of Pulaski County’s older elementary schools.

The $5 million fix up at Eubank Elementary is the Pulaski County School district’s top priority for this year.

“We had drain lines in the kitchen not flowing. Very outdated,” said Operations Director and Assistant Superintendent Patrick Richardson.

The short summer break was hardly enough time to finish such a major project.

“Is this an optimal situation? Absolutely not. But we have a plan to make it work,” said Richardson.

The old cafeteria has been gutted and is under renovation for new classrooms and a family resource center. The new cafeteria is only a foundation now, which means there’s really no space to feed students. That’s where the Eubank Fire Dept. comes in.

“Our cooking staff will be located there, preparing those meals. They will bring box lunches to the students,” Richardson says.

Some parents say they fear what they’re calling a ‘sack lunch’ won’t be enough.

“They will have to meet the nutritional value as we are required to meet by law. Will be things pre-packaged,” said Richardson, adding that lunches will not be simply cold sandwiches all the time.

Students will eat in their classrooms and Richardson says areas under construction will be far enough away from students so it won’t be a distraction.

“Our big thing is to make sure our interior is ready for kids,” he said.

A temporary road is being put in and work in the hallways is scheduled to be done by next week.

The first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 6th.

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