AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “The kitchen was too small and antiquated. It will be a nice upgrade and renovation when it’s done,” Wagner said. There also have been drainage and safety problems. The kitchen is so small that cafeteria staff, carrying hot trays and pans, must squeeze past each other in narrow walkways, Doyle said. The infrastructure improvements will cost about $505,000, and the modular building and its concrete-slab foundation, along with kitchen equipment, will cost $503,000. The project will be paid for with developer fees and money set aside by the district in a special account for cafeteria remodeling and modernization work. The work is expected to be completed by spring. In the meantime, lunches will brought into the school, and students will eat in the multipurpose room, Doyle said. The school itself was built in 1929, with the original cafeteria in the basement. The current cafeteria and kitchen were built in 1958. District officials have been discussing the kitchen situation since about 2001, Doyle said. The board at one point had considered installing just a “warming kitchen” to heat up food prepared elsewhere, but concluded a full-service kitchen would be better, Doyle said. “Ultimately, it benefits the students because we don’t have to go to prepackaged lunches that are brought in from an outside vendor, the quality of of which was not deemed acceptable by the school board,” Principal Randall Jolin said. “The board said we need to continue to provide high-quality food to the kids.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LITTLEROCK – Work is scheduled to begin by the end of the year on the long-awaited $1 million expansion of Alpine School’s cafeteria and kitchen, nearly 50 years old. “It’s old, too small, and doesn’t meet the needs of the students anymore,” Keppel Union School District Assistant Superintendent Steve Doyle said. “When it was built, it was designed to serve 100 kids at a sitting. Now they are running three or four lunch (sessions) out of there.” The size of the building will be increased by about one-third at the 578-student school. The back half of the current building will be demolished, then rebuilt with the addition of a new modular building, 36 feet by 40 feet, containing the new kitchen, Superintendent Linda Wagner said.