School board acts to expand Milford Mill's cafeteria

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October 26, 2005|By LIZ F. KAY

The Baltimore County school board approved a request last night to transfer $539,900 within the capital budget to expand Milford Mill Academy's cafeteria and alleviate the high school's crowded lunches.

Parent leaders addressed the school board in September about the cafeteria because the crowded seating violates fire code. About 350 to 400 students attend each of the school's four lunch periods, although school officials said the cafeteria's capacity is 255.

The room is crowded and hot, said Milford Mill's PTA President Dianna Woodlon. Students navigate long lunch lines and must wait for others to leave before they can sit and eat, she said.

School facilities officials recommended using savings from other construction projects to make up the difference between outdated estimates and actual costs.

This year, Baltimore County dedicated $1.54 million in the capital budget to the project, said county school system spokesman Charles A. Herndon. However, costs have increased since the expansion was planned in 2004.

School officials will forward the request to the County Council, which must endorse the change.

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