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Signs outside of doors and other areas of Alexandria Area High School have been installed throughout the building, allowing the school to start to take form and look student-ready.

A sign that is sure to be noticed by students on the first day of school is the large Á La Carte sign set up in the Aagard Commons next to the culinary arts classroom.

The Culinary Arts program has a large classroom full of stainless steel, gas powered equipment located directly off the commons area and is connected to an Á La Carte store. The store will be student run and open for business at the end of the school day. The store will feature and sell items that the culinary students learn to prepare in class.

This is another addition to the already impressive options students will have before, after and throughout the school day at AAHS. An á la carte coffee shop and multiple serving lines during lunch hours also add to the mix of the new food variety available to students.

“The students, as well as the food and nutrition services staff, are excited about the new kitchen and cafeteria environment at the new high school,” said Barb Larson, director of Food and Nutrition Services for School District 206.

Larson explained that a new culinary operations manager position has been developed in the department to help carry the load of everything food and nutrition related at the new school.

AAHS Principal Chad Duwenhoegger said that there are many ways the culinary program will benefit their students, both in the future and presently.

“A lot of the students work at multiple restaurants in town,” Duwenhoegger said. “This will give them the skills to be able to work in Alex. Besides, it’s always nice to be able to cook good tasting, quality meals!”

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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