Remodeled lunchroom ribbon-cutting at Port St. Joe elementary

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

The space is open and airy and the new reinforced windows fill the area with natural light. Even with over 100 seats, the room can be supervised by fewer teachers allowing them more time to focus on students.

Norton pointed out that the school was able to recycle almost all of the old kitchen equipment but appreciated the new additions that included a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, a dry pantry, and a pass-through cooler and oven to ensure that all food was served at ideal temperature. Other additions include two new restrooms and a healthy snack bar, two items that the old room never had.

Head cook, Brenda Fisher smiled as the children piled in for their first lunch in the new café.

“It used to be so crowded,” said Fisher. “We have so much room. It’s so much better.”

Norton pointed out the air conditioning duct socks which inflate when the unit runs and deflate when not in use. This state-of-the-art technology allows the room to be cooled while still preserving the view through the windows.

The duct socks are dressed in the Dolphin’s home colors of purple and gold.

The late Jim Emerson of Emerson’s Heating and Cooling served as lead contractor for the project and was “so passionate” about utilizing the technology that he contributed money from his own pocket.

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