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Meridian, IL superintendent: Tent will not be used for food purposes

MOUNDS, IL (KFVS) -

From pre-K to high school, Meridian students are sharing pretty close quarters with one another due to toxic mold that was found in the elementary school building two years ago.

Adjustments had to me made, such as modular classrooms being set up to give more space for students and teachers to learn and teach.

Now, the high school’s kitchen is being renovated.

Administrators say the renovation is not due to mold, it's just old.

A massive tent that's been placed on Meridian school grounds, had some parents call in our KFVS newsroom, worried that this tent would be used to cook and serve food to their children.

The tent was brought in by an emergency responder organization.

While exploring ideas on where food would be cooked while the old kitchen was being renovated, administrators say the tent was a possible idea, but it was quickly thrown out.

“They brought it out, they set up the field kitchen, they set up the tent," Meridian school district superintendent said. "And the field kitchen is not something we could use. It doesn’t even have cooking devices on it – it doesn’t have ovens. So it was not really an option to begin with.”

In the meantime, Byrd said food will be prepared in the school’s home economics classroom.

Students will be served lunch and eat in the gym.

While the tent will not be used to serve food, the superintendent did say it could possibly be used for extra storage room, outside classroom days, and sometimes recess.

The kitchen is expected to be completed within the next month or so.

The superintendent said he hopes the new elementary building will be completed by the beginning of next school year.

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