Sunday, August 8, 2004

Sorry, students: Cafeteria work shuffling menus

By Karen Gutierrez
Enquirer staff writer

Here's a tough assignment for kids: Instead of eating regular cafeteria food, try burgers from White Castle and pizzas from Snappy Tomato.

Both will be on the menu at Walton-Verona Elementary School this week when students return from summer break. The unorthodox selections are due to a problem in the kitchen: Specifically, the school doesn't have one yet.

Walton-Verona is one of at least six schools in Northern Kentucky with kitchens under renovation this summer.

The same company is providing all the custom-fitted, stainless-steel serving lines. A shortage of skilled labor - not just in custom work but in such trades as plumbing and bricklaying - has delayed completion of the jobs, architect Bob Hayes said.

The holdup is unfortunate, he said, but as he tells contractors, "People will soon forget that a job was late, but they'll never forget if it wasn't right."

In addition to Walton-Verona, all four elementaries and the middle school in Erlanger are affected by the renovation delays.

Erlanger students, who return Aug. 19, will be served cold cuts while the kitchens are being finished, Superintendent Mike Sander said. This won't be a surprise for the kids, he said, because they got the same menu at the end of last school year, when renovations began.

Children at Arnett, Howell and Lindeman elementaries shouldn't have to wait more than two weeks for kitchens to be up to speed, Sander said.

The delay could be as long as a month at Miles Elementary and Tichenor Middle School.

At Walton-Verona, Superintendent Bill Boyle expects the elementary kitchen to be finished after the first week of school.

Until then, here's the stopgap menu: Tuesday, Snappy Tomato pizza; Wednesday, peanut butter and jelly; Thursday, ham and cheese; Friday, White Castle.



Bronson: America did the right thing in freeing Iraq
Crowley: Clooney's old newspaper columns back to haunt him
Boys organize local ALS walk
Kentucky voters involved early this year

Nevada: No deal on Fernald
Specialty Saturdays make visit to Findlay Market a tasty treat
Video device alters home nursing
Ohio hospitals skeptical of health-care settlement
Babies to undergo more tests for disease
Police using e-mails to alert community
Nuns, too old and too few, leave hospice
Ohio paying for DNA tests on felons from victims' fund
Local news briefs

Hot on the trail of cold cases
Potential dropouts get extra help
Democratic foe throwing high, hard ones at Bunning
Bands, speakers urge teens to vote
Florence Baptist ready to grow
Farm's baby water buffalo prefers to nurse from goat
Official says entertainment district never relaxed dress code regulations
Families say hospital unsanitary, unsafe
Mother says man desecrated son's memorial

Walton-Verona families laid back about drug testing
Sorry, students: Cafeteria work shuffling menus
Schools assured of share

Agency to address lead at public Mason meeting
Ohioan among Olympic volunteers
Hebron firefighters race on TV tonight

'Huby' Heard performed with top acts
Nurse Mary V. Enzweiler, mother of 8
Hilda Ramler ran Florence restaurant