LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – A new and improved cafeteria is a welcome change for George Rogers Clark High School cafeteria manager, Tina Banks.
"It's amazing," said Banks. "A better quality product."
Clark County School Superintendent, Paul Christy, says it will allow them to take lunch periods down from 11 per day to four longer ones, resulting in more time spent in the classroom.
He also says a 30-percent reduction in energy costs due to new geothermal energy capabilities also benefits students.
"Money you'd spend on utilities, any that you don't spend, goes back into the classroom," said Christy.
Even the rooftop is utilized as an outdoor biology lab, equipped with six 55-gallon drums that collect runoff rainwater.
It can be used to water the garden or for water quality testing.
The new building fits up to 1,900 students over the next 10 years.
The $60-million project includes the high school itself and an area technology center, which is scheduled for completion early next year.
While it's a hefty price-tag to get this kind of state-of-the-art facility, Christy says it's a much-needed investment for the future of Clark County students.
"To see students and teachers come here, it's amazing," he said.
While the school only has a practice gym currently, Christy hopes to have another one built in the future.
There will be a grand opening on August 4.