By Gary Lloyd
CHALKVILLE — The Jefferson County Board of Education last week voted to purchase 3.2 acres of land for the needed space to construct a new cafeteria at Chalkville Elementary School.
The cost of the land is $124,800.
The board in August appointed TurnerBatson Architects to provide design services for the construction of the cafeteria.
Principal Rod Johnson has said the current cafeteria was designed to feed about 600 students. Chalkville Elementary School, however, is the third-largest school in the Jefferson County Schools system, behind Shades Valley and Clay-Chalkville high schools. As of Aug. 18, enrollment was at 1,206 students, up from 1,126 last year.
Because of the high number of students, lunchtime begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 1 p.m. each day.
Johnson has said that he expects a new cafeteria won’t be complete until at least next fall. He said he hopes the current cafeteria will eventually be used for office space, storage space and more classrooms.
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