Great Spaces: Union Collegiate Academy, Union Public Schools, Tulsa, Okla.

District redesigns high school dining program to resemble college atmosphere.

When more than 1,000 students were to be added to Union High School, in the Union Public School District in Tulsa, Okla., Lisa Griffin, R.D., director of child nutrition, knew she needed to upgrade the cafeteria to be able to handle the influx. The school was also undergoing a face-lift to become the Union Collegiate Academy. After a bond issue was passed, the district used the funds to transform the traditional high school into a collegelike space, with the goal of 100% graduation rate of college-ready students. To fulfill that mission in foodservice, Griffin’s team designed a dining program with nine different concepts and 20 seating areas, spread throughout the school.

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