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See What Happens When High School Gets its First Real Cafeteria Building

Elected officials and students attended the opening ceremony for San Marin High's new cafeteria / multi-use building.

A San Marin High student speaks about the new building
A San Marin High student speaks about the new building


There was a great crowd for the grand opening of San Marin High School's new multi-purpose and cafeteria building Friday morning.

Elected officials who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony included Debbie Butler, Board Trustee of the Novato Unified School District, Shalee Cunningham, Superintendent of Novato Unified School District, Mayor Pro Tem Jean McLeamy and City Councilmember Denise Athas.

San Marin Principal Adam Littlefield spoke to the crowd and said the school has not had a dedicated cafeteria building since the school opened in 1968.

Miguel Villarreal, Director for Food and Nutritional Services Department of the Novato Unified School District said they've had a serving area before but never a kitchen. The kitchen opens next month after construction finishes.

"This is a modern kitchen that will allow us to serve foods made from scratch and from our local farms," he said.

Currently the kitchen equipment includes a pasta cooker, convection ovens and a braising cooker which can hold a large quantity of soups and stews. "This kitchen is going to enable us to enhance our program of healthful foods," Villarreal said.

Catherine Rucker January 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM
Thank you, Novato Unified School District, for your dedication to better nutrition. I didn't benefit from an on-campus kitchen when I was at San Marin. But soon my two children will benefit.

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