Texas schools get major cafeteria upgrades with bond

Renovations will take campuses from open lunch to closed.

Jan. 7—How do you remodel a school cafeteria while still serving students five days a week? That’s the question Marty Walters has had to face since work began on enlarging the cafeterias at Coronado and Monterey high schools in Calif.

“It’s been a challenge to do this while kids are in school and to keep serving,” said Walters, the manager for the Lubbock Independent School District’s $198 million bond, which voters approved in 2010.

The cafeteria expansions are a key part of the bond’s $25 million safety and security budget. The 2020 Committee that developed the priorities for the bond included transforming the 29,000-student district’s four high schools from “open campuses” that allowed students to leave for lunch to “closed campuses,” where the majority of students will stay on campus for lunch.

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