School Scoop: On site at AAHS
Kitchen equipment has been rapidly appearing at the Alexandria Area High School (AAHS) cafeteria. The wide area will be a positive factor for the five serving lines that will be set up. With multiple food options for lunch, AAHS will be a closed campus.
The decision to be closed campus during lunch periods came from the result of research done in 2013 by the AAHS Advisory Committee.
The committee looked into factors such as unexcused tardies during classes that begin after a lunch period, police reports during lunch hours and overall school security.
A test-timed lunch with two student groups was also conducted at AAHS. Both groups returned to school with only two minutes remaining of the allotted 40 that will be available. This was time remaining without traffic in the hallways or parking lot.
Staff members are optimistic that students won’t miss having an open lunch once they see the new options available for them on campus, including Perks Plus, an a la carte store providing healthy options for cold and hot beverages before, after and throughout the entire school day. Another a la carte store will be located in the commons area for students in the culinary arts program to sell food.
The different server areas will include a bowl option that serves various dishes such as Asian, Italian and Mexican, a salad station with fresh fruit and vegetable choices, an Italian station serving pasta and pizza, a comfort food area, a sandwich station, and a bagged lunch station for quick and easy service. Names of the lines are yet to be finalized.