PONTOTOC COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) --How would you like to have lunch-at breakfast time?
That's what some South Pontotoc students had to do before getting a new lunchroom.
"It was extremely tough to get everyone in and seated and give them time to eat," said Middle School Principal Jimmy Flake. "It's very tough on our cafeteria staff so the need was there to have another cafeteria so that our elementary students could start a little later," Flake added.
The new lunchroom seats about 225 students at any given time. Close to 500 students are expected to rotate through the facility on any given day. That's compared to about 1600 students rotating through the old cafeteria.
Seventh grader Andrew McKnight said he likes the extra space.
"I like how it's more spacious. We have more room than we did in the other one because it's not as many people," said Knight.
McKnight said he needs the extra space now more than ever after a recent a football injury.
It helps me, well, I'm in a wheel chair for one reason," laughed McKnight.
The new building also comes wired with new technology and removable tables and chairs.
Leaders said this makes it easier to transform from a cafeteria to an empty meeting space.
"We have the capabilities of putting a speaker system in there. We want to use this building for anything campus wide," said Flake.