Ground was broken Monday for a new cafeteria at Scott Middle School Monday.
The ceremony began with Laila Soulaire, 8th grade student of the year, leading the Pledge of Allegiance and a welcome address from Principal Venus Soileau.
Soileau spoke of the need for the new cafeteria to accommodate the growing lunch participation, a platform for presentations, a drop-off driveway to alleviate traffic on the site, and a dry place for students to arrive on campus.
“According to the LPSS Infrastructure Improvement Plan, the Scott Middle School cafeteria addition is a bridge between the existing school campus and the residential neighborhood. The city of Scott is growing as is the school’s student population. The existing school cafeteria is a remnant from the original Scott High School, last renovated in 1959 and has out-lived its usable life as it can no longer effectively sit all the students," said Interim Superintendent Irma Trosclair.
She went on to explain that the building design is intended to match the materials and character of the existing school while providing a welcoming and secure front door for student drop-off. The 11,700 square-foot new construction project includes a state-of-the-art kitchen with two serving lines and additional restrooms.
The cafeteria is sized to seat up to 450 students and will be a welcome multi-functional addition to the Scott community.