Remodeled lunchroom ribbon-cutting at Port St. Joe elementary

Principal Sue Gannon

Principal Sue Gannon cut the ribbon, officially opening the new Dolphin Café at Port St. Joe elementary.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 09:48 AM.

A flat screen TV, lights that turn on when the room is entered, and a high-powered sound system.

It may sound like the dream living room, but it’s actually the new Dolphin Café at Port St. Joe Elementary School.

The $1 million renovation built with funds from the state’s Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) budget was completed last week and opened to students for the first time on Monday.

As Principal Sue Gannon cut the ribbon across the serving line door, Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton thanked school board members Linda Wood and George Cox and Reggie Kemp from Ajax Construction, project manager, for their time and dedication to the project.

During the 10-month construction period, students ate their lunches in the gymnasium creating a burden when it came to coordinating lunch time and physical education classes.

Before the renovation, the lunchroom was split down the middle by a standing wall that made supervising lunch times difficult for the teachers.

“It was a nightmare,” said Melissa Ramsey, former principal and now Coordinator of Curriculum, Assessment and Staff Development.



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