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2012-07-19

BHS cafeteria expansion project moving toward August completion

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

The foundation was poured in February, a big push came during Spring Break in March to erect the steel superstructure, and once the school year ended in early June, contractors moved quickly to complete the expansion of the Bandera High School cafeteria.

According to Superintendent Regina Howell, Heath Wenrich, representative of RVK Architects and Scott Rain with Huser Construction, the project is on schedule for completion in August.

Howell, Wenrich and Rain offered a report on the project to the BISD board during their regular meeting held Monday, July 9.

Board President Dr. Barbara Skipper complemented the designers on their work. "The finishes really go with what we already have there, so it doesn't look added on."

Landscaping between the new covered patio area and the parking lot will be done by the district staff and students sometime in the future.

The new facility will total over 10,000 square feet, with a dining area of 6,393 square feet, kitchen area of 3,371 square feet and a patio with 1,398 square feet. The addition includes an upgrade of practically everything in the cafeteria, including technology.

According to BHS Principal Gary Bitzkie, the new space will be used as a meeting place for various school groups. Consequently, the remodel has included the installation of wi-fi and communication systems.

The $1.3 million project is being funded from the district's fund balance, not a bond issue. Added to the project was the erection and installation of a new water storage tank to serve the high school's fire protection system.

Also participating in the renovation and expansion is Aramark, the district's food service provider.

They have worked on re-organizing the serving lines, improved signage and an enhanced menu.

Pictured: Photo by Carolyn B. Edwards
The expansion and renovation of the Bandera High School Cafeteria is set to be completed on time in August. The covered patio facing south offers students one of the most scenic views in the hill country.