With district capital and federal funds, the Oregon Trail School District plans to improve dining arrangements at two schools before students return this fall.
At Kelso Elementary, the students have gone without an actual cafeteria for years, but right now facilities staff are working to transform the media center at the school into a lunch space. The media center will be relocated to what used to be the school's computer lab.
At Boring Middle School, students have historically walked across the field to Naas Elementary for lunch. Now the school's outdoor gymnasium is receiving a new floor and will be a multipurpose space, serving students as a gymnasium and cafeteria.
"We are very excited about our new cafeteria," Principal Spencer McEwen said. "The Kelso community continues to grow each year and the new cafeteria will provide students and staff with more learning opportunities."
"Boring Middle School students and staff are beyond excited to have our own cafeteria space. The days of walking across the field and riding lunch busses on bad weather days are behind us," said BMS Principal Morgan MacGregor. "Having this space on our campus will allow students to feel less rushed so that they can eat, socialize and go outside for recess. From the staff perspective, having a cafeteria space will give us more flexibility with our schedule to benefit our students and allow for staff to easily access students during the lunch period to simply check-in and say hi. Overall, I feel that this space will benefit the overall community feel of our building in a positive way. I am eagerly looking forward to our first lunch period in the fall."
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