Kermit ISD Introduces New Snack Bar to Avoid Oilfield Traffic 8/29/12
CBS 7 News
August 29, 2012
Kermit, TX - A local high school is finding new ways to keep their students from driving with oilfield traffic during lunch hour.
Wednesday is day three for the new snack bar in kermit high school.
“It’s pretty great!” said Jessica Juarez, a junior at KHS.
While students enjoy it, the school district saw a bigger picture, to save students’ time, money and even lives.
“It probably takes a good hour to get food because we are so limited on restaurants,” said Candace Reed with the Kermit Independent School District
She says lately students have to compete with the new oilfield employees for lunch.
“I was late the first day of school because they (fast food restaurant)brought my food to me late and I didn't have time to eat,” said Randy Hensley, a junior at KHS.
“That way we don't have to rush to eat and speed back,” Juarez said.
The high school does not have a cafeteria and students have an open campus lunch hour, but Reed says the less time students spend driving a day, the safer they are.
“With all the oil field, we would like to keep them (students) here as much as possible,” Reed said.
Before this year, students had to go across the street to the Junior High School to get a lunch, but high schoolers say “that's just not cool”.
“They just felt like they want to be big kids,” Reed said.
“We don't have to walk across the junior high to get food,” Juarez said.
Reed says the school will soon add T.V’s to the dining area to entice the students to stay on campus. They also added a salad bar that's a surprising hit. Over 40 students came in to eat Wednesday, Reed hopes that number will grow.
“I think if more kids talk about it,” Reed said, “We'll have more come in for lunch.”