Southold School District

Cafeteria, office renovations set for this summer at Southold H.S.

(Credit: Jen Nuzzo)
Architect Roger Smith giving a presentation on the proposed construction project at Wednesday’s Southold school board meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Construction to upgrade the cafeteria and relocate the principal’s office will begin this summer at Southold High School.

During the school board’s meeting Wednesday night, Roger Smith of BBS Architects in Patchogue gave a presentation on the project and estimated construction will be finished by September 1.

Mr. Smith, whose firm has also drafted projects for the Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River school districts, said the cafeteria proposal includes modernizing the kitchen and reconfiguring the food service line.

As for relocating the principal’s office, Mr. Smith said the move is needed since the side door next to the parking lot is used as the main entrance instead of the building’s front doors facing the lawn.

“Now when you come into the building, you’ll come into a main vestibule,” he said, adding that an additional security door will be installed.

A conference room is also planned for the main office since principal meetings with parents and teachers have had to take place in classrooms.

School board president Paulette Ofrias said she believes the reconfiguration is needed because visitors are left wandering the halls since the main office is currently located across the building.

New classrooms will replace the district business office, which will move into the current main office space, Mr. Smith said.

The nearly $1.5 million project is being paid for through a 2012 voter-approved capital improvement reserve.

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