Bennett Middle School Cafeteria Expansion Approved
Board of Education Approves BMS Cafeteria Expansion at Aug. 8 Meeting
Posted on 08/09/2017

By a 4 – 0 vote, the Wicomico County Board of Education unanimously approved the expansion of the cafeteria at Bennett Middle School at its August 8th meeting..

Severe overcrowding in the BMS cafeteria has caused major safety concerns among staff and students, and has resulted in several injuries since the school opened its doors in August 2015 in Fruitland.

Wicomico County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna C. Hanlin says student safety is priority number one. “After seeing what safety challenges are being caused in the cafeteria at Bennett Middle, it was necessary to prioritize this expansion for the start of the 2018-2019 school year,” said Dr. Hanlin.  The current cafeteria holds 336 students. The expansion of 1,545 square feet will increase the cafeteria capacity to 480, which would address current and future enrollment demands.

The cost of the project is $1.4 million, and no new money will be needed for the project since the funding is already available, according to Leisl Ashby, WCPS Director of Facility Services for Planning & Construction. “We have the funds for the cafeteria expansion since the original construction of Bennett Middle came in under budget. This project would be completed without impacting other project priorities and their associated funding requests.”

Construction of the Bennett Middle School cafeteria expansion could begin as early as December, and with good weather, would be completed in time for the 2018-2019 school year.

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