GRHS Unveils New Culinary Arts Room with Ribbon Cutting

GRHS Unveils New Culinary Arts Room with Ribbon Cutting

SCSD No. 2 and GRHS hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for its Culinary Arts room Wednesday night. SweetwaterNOW photo

GREEN RIVER — Sweetwater County School District (SCSD) No. 2 and Green River High School (GRHS) celebrated the completion of the new culinary arts room and kitchen Wednesday night with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Construction started in the spring and was completed mid-August by Groathouse Construction. SCSD No. 2 School Board Chairman Steve Core said that they were on a tight timeline.

Core said the whole process started when GRHS Principal Darren Heslep came to GRHS after working in Rawlins. 

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“He bragged about the culinary arts program in Rawlins and the facility they had,” Core said.

GRHS Culinary Arts teacher Marisa DeClercq then visited Rawlins to look at the facility. In the Fall of 2021, she came to the SCSD No. 2 School Board and Superintendent Craig Barringer with a proposal for an upgraded GRHS kitchen.

“We jumped on it. We thought it was a good idea, a good program,” Core said.

He said that the money for the approximate $1 million upgrade came from the district’s major maintenance fund. The state of Wyoming gives the district funds each year for major maintenance.

“The Board of Trustees felt this was a good investment for our kids. We have to take care of our buildings, we have to keep them up, and it’s always fun to do something like this because it’s a direct investment for our kids,” Core said.

DeClercq said that around 145 students are signed up for Culinary Arts at GRHS this year, and Core believes it will continue to grow. 

There are five classes of Culinary I, and one class of Global Foods being offered this semester, according to DeClercq. Next semester, it will change to Culinary II and Culinary III, with a Hospitality and Management class.