Rock of Salvation to rent out Newton High kitchen for summer program

COVINGTON –When students file out of Newton High School for the last time this school year, the kitchen will still be in full gear.

The Newton County Board of Education approved on Tuesday the use of the Newton High School kitchen to be used for the summer feeding program.

Rock of Salvation Ministries sent an application to Newton High’s interim principal John Ellenburg recently to rent out the kitchen from June 4 to July 18. For this 33-day period, Rock of Salvation will pay a rental fee of $1,815 for use of the facility, along with an additional fee of $2,640 for utilities.

“This will be the second year that we’ve rented to Rock of Salvation. They provide meals for some of our students who are in summer camp-type programs,” said Jan Loomans, director of operational services for the Newton County School System.

Although the meals will be prepared at the high school, they will be distributed to other sites and schools taking part in Newton’s summer feeding program.

Rock of Salvation’s Food Program Coordinator Robyn Mays stated that the meals will be served at various middle and elementary schools throughout Newton, as well as other sites. Bright from the Start, a Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning organization, approved Rock of Salvation for use of the Newton High facility and solicits programs that are eligible to take part in the summer plan.

According to memo from Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey to the BOE, NCSS school nutrition staff will be employed by Rock of Salvation over the summer to prepare the food.