Construction for a commercial kitchen addition to the saferoom at Cedarville Elementary School is set to begin Monday, Aug. 12.

After approval from board members at their July 18 meeting, Turnkey Construction, which won the bid for the project at $445,717, will begin work Monday, said Superintendent Dan Foreman.

An outside area and the south wall of the saferoom were prepared for the 2,400-square-feet kitchen addition during the room’s construction, which was completed in September 2012.

An entrance and exit door will connect the kitchen and main safe room area, which will be used as the cafeteria once the kitchen is completed, Foreman said. Fold-up tables with connected benches that can easily be moved to the side walls will be used in the dining area.

Cedarville received a $271,658 matching grant from the Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities to pay for a portion of the project, Foreman said. School officials are using a bond issue passed by voters five years ago to pay for the other $174,059, he said.

Once the new kitchen is completed - Foreman said it should be ready for use in January - Cedarville’s old elementary cafeteria, located across the lot from the new saferoom, will be demolished and the area used for parking.

With almost all new industrial equipment, the kitchen will easily allow for the preparation of meals for 325 students, Foreman said.

Also during the meeting, board members approved the connection of sewer lines from the new waste water treatment plant at the school to the elementary. Sewer lines also are being added to the south side of the elementary gymnasium, and to the north side for the school-based health clinic, for a cost of $66,112, Foreman said.

They also approved construction to stabilize a side hill that often gets washed out with rip-rap rock and concrete for an added cost of $8,158, Foreman said.

Purchase of a portable computer unit and 30 free-standing monitors for $24,374 also was approved.

Board members agreed to hold only early voting at the Crawford County Courthouse and absentee ballot for their school election, with no open polling areas the day of the election in September. Kallie Goins re-filed for her current seat and faces no opposition, Foreman said.

Classes at Cedarville are set to begin Aug. 19.