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1/8/2013 6:01:00 AM
La Senita's kitchen gets thumbs-up from health department
AHRON SHERMAN/MinerLa Senita Elementary welcomed its student body back from Christmas break Monday with breakfast served from an immaculately clean kitchen.

La Senita Elementary welcomed its student body back from Christmas break Monday with breakfast served from an immaculately clean kitchen.

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The kitchen at La Senita Elementary is back in the good graces of the county health department after its most recent inspection garnered a satisfactory rating.

The kitchen received a "needs improvement" rating on Dec. 10 after inspectors found roaches and what they called "unsanitary conditions." The school district jumped on the problem by making several structural changes, providing additional training to the school's kitchen staff and going through several rounds of fumigation.

"I've been thrilled with the support we received from the district," said La Senita Principal Pat Mickelson. "We have a good school, but it's been neglected in the past."

Wooden shelving was replaced with metal wire shelving. All cardboard, which had been used for storage, was removed and replaced with plastic bins. Changes were made to the cleaning schedule. Base coves were replaced, and a new stainless steel shelf, which is easier to clean than wood, should be installed within the next few days.

A utility closet, which was right next to the kitchen and took the blame for the pest problem, was moved away from the kitchen. The room was cleaned and repainted and is now used strictly for kitchen business.

In addition to the changes, all items within the kitchen were taken out so that workers could deep clean the area and the items, said Kingman Unified Director of Food Services Paula Loomis.

Aside from the fumigation, the whole project cost the district $1,850.

"A lot of changes were put into place," Mickelson said. "I'm excited about it."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"Only a 'satisfactory'? We should do better for our children!

From the Mohave County Health website, “A Satisfactory rating indicates the inspector did find critical violations, but the operator was able to correct the violations before the inspector left the facility.”

The only higher rating is excellent which indicates no violations were found, a rather difficult level for any kitchen to meet. So our children are safe.

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Fran Romeo

Only a "satisfactory"? We should do better for our children!

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: no name

another case of if the district had been using and spending money better instead of $500,000 to water the grass at the two High Schools this could have been taken care of long before it made the front page of the paper. Come on Kingman we owe our kids better then this. Get involved in what's going on within the school district. Make your voices heard.

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