SALISBURY – The Wicomico County Board of Education this week approved an expansion to the Bennett Middle School cafeteria, two years after the facility opened in Fruitland.
The $1.4 million project will be paid for using leftover funds from the school’s original construction budget.
The expansion will address overcrowding and safety issues in the school’s cafeteria.
Paul Butler, director of communications and community outreach for Wicomico County Public Schools (WCPS), said the 1,545-square-foot addition will be built onto the existing cafeteria and will allow for 144 additional seats.
“Right now, we need an additional 60 or 70 seats,” he said, “but this will allow for future expansion for years to come.”
Butler explained school officials noticed an overcrowding issue in the cafeteria last year and said Donna Hanlin, superintendent of schools, put in a plan to address the issue.