Culinary arts class to move to THS

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo High School’s new culinary arts program will move to the school’s campus next year.
The class spent the past year, its first in existence, inside Tupelo’s Link Centre, which had the facilities to accommodate it. At Tuesday’s school board meeting, however, members voted to turn three classrooms in the high school’s vocational building into a kitchen and classroom, allowing the program to be housed there.
The move will keep students from losing class time for traveling to and from the Link Centre. The district also will save about $8,600 annually on transportation costs.
“We already have a huge interest in culinary arts, but I feel it will provide more interest with it being at Tupelo High School,” said Evet Topp, director of Tupelo’s vocational program. “It will bring an increased awareness of what the culinary arts program can offer our students here at Tupelo High School.”
The renovation work on the high school campus will be included in an already approved summer construction project at THS that will renovate the school’s band hall.
The school board on Tuesday approved $313,500 for the culinary arts renovation and also approved a $57,053.60 project to replace the well-worn rubber floor in the school’s practice gym.
The two new additions bring the total cost of the summer construction projects to $2,410,053.60. It will be funded by a $3 million low-interest loan the district received from federal stimulus dollars.

Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@journalinc.com.