Construction officials, Sequim School District staff and school board members and their family tour the inside of the district’s new central kitchen this week as it’s being readied for a tentative opening in early April to serve 900-plus meals daily. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Construction officials, Sequim School District staff and school board members and their family tour the inside of the district’s new central kitchen this week as it’s being readied for a tentative opening in early April to serve 900-plus meals daily. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Schools’ central kitchen nearly ready, ribbon cutting set

Sequim School board directors got a first look on March 11 of the district’s new Central Kitchen.

The new building on Fir Street is the culminating piece of a three-year, $5.75 million capital project levy that voters approved in 2017. The levy paid for demolition of unused portions of the Sequim Community School and rebuilt the central kitchen facility on the same property.

Superintendent Gary Neal said that he anticipates over spring break — April 1-5 — that construction crews will complete the building’s final details.

Meredith Arseneau, food services director for Sodexo, said they anticipate making about 600 lunches and 300 breakfasts daily for Sequim’s elementary schools and supporting Sequim Middle and Sequim High Schools with additional meals, as needed.

The district celebrates the kitchen’s completion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 11:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, March 26, at 221 W. Fir St. Attendees are welcome to tour the facility.

For more information, call 360-582-3260.

Steve Frazier, superintendent with McKinstry for the Central Kitchen project, answers questions from Sequim School Board President Brian Kuh on March 11. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Steve Frazier, superintendent with McKinstry for the Central Kitchen project, answers questions from Sequim School Board President Brian Kuh on March 11. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

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