MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A $1 million project at Moss Point High School is well underway as construction began on a new culinary arts classroom, kitchen and dining area. The new classroom means a curriculum program that has been dormant for two years is about to start cooking once again.
Schools are usually quiet places, but bot in the future classroom, where hammers and drills were making a lot of noise. Workers were laying the groundwork for a new state-of-the-art kitchen.
It’s a big investment, but well worth it.
“It’s important for us in the Moss Point School System to invest the money, the time, the energy, the effort to ensure that our children will be successful," said Shannon Vincent-Raymond, superintendent for the Moss Point School District.
Some students are already looking forward to the success, including Jaiden Joseph.
“It gives me the opportunity to learn how to cook things and how you put together your favorite dishes because I’m more of a food critic so I like to see how things work," Joseph said.
The culinary arts program could stir up a lot of interest for other students like Kristen Gonzalez.
“I’ve always wanted to learn how to cook. I think it’s a great skill that everyone should learn at some point in their lives, how to make food. I think it’s going to be a really great program. It’s a great investment for the school," she said.
This transformation is not an easy one to make.
”You’re talking about gutting and renovating a a room that was not initially set up to be a culinary arts room," said district operations director Anthony Herbert.
The $1 million being spent by the Moss Point School District toward its students show they care about the here and now. It also shows they care about the future, and that future doesn’t necessarily mean college according to Vincent-Raymond.
“We spend a lot of time on college readiness, but we also have to spend just as much time on career readiness, and this culinary arts program is going to give us that opportunity because there are plenty of jobs across the coast dealing with restaurants," she said.
The soon-to-be-classroom could be the future recipe for success.
The new classroom should be completed by May and be open for class by the next school year. The project was paid for with reserve funds from the school district.