The Old Sallisaw High School Association has been given the old Tommy Spear Middle School cafeteria by the Sallisaw Schools Board of Education, and moved in Saturday.
The cafeteria is next to the Old Sallisaw High School Park and for many years served lunches to both high school and middle school students until the new schools were built.
Association officials said there is much to be done to the cafeteria, including painting and other rehab. The association is still collecting furniture for the building, said association president Gary Jackson, and member Crystal Hardy. They would appreciate a refrigerator, stove, tables and metal chairs.
Jackson said he has been visiting with Sallisaw School officials for about six months on leasing the building. The building’s upkeep and maintenance will be up to the association.
“Unfortunately, there is only one restroom in the cafeteria,” Jackson said. But he added that those attending events in the cafeteria will be able to use the bathrooms in the auditorium next door.
Jackson said, “The dining room is usable, but the kitchen is not. The building is sound. The caveat, with the school, is that we serve the community just like the school does. We may hold a sock hop in the near future.”
He said the association’s memorabilia will be on display in the cafeteria, and the building will eventually be available for rental to the public. He expects the fee to be between $50 and $200. “We will have to charge depending on what the utilities, etc., will be,” he said.
Anyone wishing to help with funding for the cafeteria project may contact Jackson at 918-774-2439 or Crystal Hardy on the association’s Facebook page.
“This is a big step for us,” Jackson said.
Association members are also inviting suggestions to name the cafeteria as a new events center for the association.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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