Complications of installation have left the fate of a commercial kitchen at East Jessamine High School unsure.
Culinary teacher Cary York obtained a grant to purchase $64,000 of basic equipment for a commercial kitchen, which is already in the district in storage. The plan was to install the machinery in the old art room, but the school district underestimated the cost of installing gas and drains in the room.
The cost to the board of installing the equipment would be $135,947, superintendent Lu Young said — more than twice the price of the items. Young told the Jessamine County Board of Education at Monday night’s special meeting that she was “waffling” on a recommendation.
“I would feel very comfortable if we were matching the grant equipment cost one-to-one, but the way it has played out with these unexpected costs, it’s going to cost you $2 for every $1 that you got in that equipment,” she said.