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State-of-the-Art Cafeteria Opens at Massapequa HS

Massapequa UFSD cut the ceremonial ribbons on its newly renovated cafeteria at Massapequa High School-Main Campus, after months of construction that transformed the outdated space into a 21st-century design model sure to enhance the quality of life for all students.

Bright and inviting, the air-conditioned cafeteria features blue and gold, well-lit seating areas with counter-height game tables, solid-surface countertops and contemporary wall graphics. Several large-screen monitors hang on the walls throughout the space to display the day’s menu and announcements. The kitchen’s 50-year-old appliances were replaced with energy-efficient ones, and the addition of panini makers and a griddle allow for more menu choices, including breakfast items. There’s a new Boar’s Head deli bar where students can choose their cold cuts, bread and condiments, and a barbecue grill to better serve up popular items such as barbecue chicken and ribs, and grilled vegetables.

To meet the needs of today’s tech-savvy students, an adjacent classroom was converted into the only cyber cafe among Nassau County school districts. Connected to the cafeteria by a floor-to-ceiling glass wall, the cafe is decorated with green and plum club-style chairs and tables. It contains 15 computer monitors for students to study or surf the Web while relaxing during their lunch break.

Before the ribbons were cut, Superintendent Charles Sulc said to residents, “This project has truly been a community effort, from the students who gave us input, to the PTAs, board, facilities department and custodial staff, to Alan Adcock, deputy superintendent who oversaw the project soup to nuts, and to Robert Schilling, executive director for Assessment, Student Data and Technology Services, who was responsible for the technology piece of it. This is a facility like no other in Nassau County, and we are proud to unveil it this evening for the students of our district.”

The project was funded as part of the 2007 bond issue with no additional costs to taxpayers.

“Because of the economic climate over the past few years, the bids for the classroom project came in lower than estimated,” Adcock said. “The cafeteria was the last capital improvement project the district was looking to complete.

“The space was sorely deteriorating,” he added. “Now it’s a place students can take pride in. This is a renovation that every student in the district will be able to enjoy.”