Kitchen at Postville Community Schools receives complete facelift as entire area is refurbished

Members of the Postville Community School kitchen staff pose for a picture in their newly remodeled space. In front are Laurie Smith, Mandi Sebastian and Therese Lechtenberg. In back are Kaylene McNally, JoDee Anderson, Deb Schultz, Jeanette Kirkestue, Chris Trone and Dorothy Looney.

Postville Community School students  and faculty were greeted with a new look in the kitchen when school opened this fall. A several month project saw the entire area being completely renovated and remodeled. Much of the old facility, it was noted, was original to the building and the equipment was at least 15-20 years old as well. With the renovation beginning in April, it was being finished up the first day of school in August. With increased student population over the past several years, the need for a new and improved space was imperative. About 700 students eat lunch, while 200 eat breakfast on a typical day. On any given day, between 30-70 adults also eat the school-provided meals. Each day the kitchen staff serves preschool students, students in Child Development and Headstart, students in junior kindergarten through high school attending Postville Schools, the students at RISE academy (the alternative school) and several members of the faculty and staff. They serve breakfast and lunch as well as healthy vegetable or fruit snacks to students in grades junior kindergarten through six four days a week. 

When the youth and adults come through the serving line, one of the first things they notice is the improved lighting and a new serving line. The salad bar, available to all students from third grade up, is totally chilled and temperature controlled. Salad bar items consist of fresh fruits and vegetable.

Read the full article in the October 10 edition of the Postville Herald.