Culinary labs expansion program in Eau Claire not moving forward at this time

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A culinary labs expansion proposal for both high schools in Eau Claire is not moving forward at this time.

During its meeting Monday night, the school board voted down a motion to move forward with the culinary labs project at North and Memorial High Schools.

The estimated cost for labs at both high schools is more than 847 thousand dollars.

The school board considered breaking up the costs across two school years with construction one year and the majority of equipment purchasing the next year, but the motion failed.

“Well I think that what we're seeing is that more and more students are interested in culinary programs and then using the learning that they get in high school to go on to CVTC, to go out into the community and the world of work”, says Dr. Mary Ann Hardebeck, Superintendent at Eau Claire Area School District. “For our students coming out of high school in the culinary arts, it's certainly popular program and it's certainly time for those culinary labs to be updated."

Board members say they're willing to consider the labs project again.

Some board members requested further clarification from the committee on why the cost projection is 847 thousand dollars.

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