By Jamie Gardner
After two votes and tremendous debate between board members, Superintendent Scarlett Copeland, system staff and members of the public, the Appling County Board of Education voted to keep Fourth District Elementary School’s cafeteria open. The board and the community have been in discussion for several months about changing the cafeteria from a full service kitchen (which it was at the end of the 2010-2011 school year) to a warming/serving kitchen (for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year), with food being prepared at Appling County Middle School and then transferred to Fourth District as a cost-saving measure. Board member Randy Crawford made a motion to maintain the “status quo” for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year meaning that the cafeteria will remain in full operation like it was at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. Board member Randy Sellers seconded the motion. Sellers and Crawford as well as Scottie Ammons voted in favor of the motion. Board members M.C. Barlow and Minnie Barnes voted against the measure.
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