By Monique Washington

The brand new Joycelyn Liburd Primary School Cafeteria will open Monday at 11:50 a.m., when students will be served a hot meal.

School Principal Barbara Hendrickson confirmed to The Observer on Thursday the cafeteria will open on Monday.

“Once everything goes well and there is life we will open” she said.

According to a letter the school sent to parents, the Sept. 26 opening of the cafeteria was postponed “due to unforeseen issues.”

“Please be advised that due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be ready to start serving lunch on Monday Sept. 26,” the letter said. “However, every effort will be made to ensure that we are ready to start on Monday Oct. 3. Be assured that this delay is to ensure that your child gets the highest quality of service.”

The head of the Cafeteria Marion Lescott told The Observer they are ready to prepare healthy meals for students and said cafeteria personnel have been working closely with Schools Food Nutritionist Michael Henville to plan healthy menus.

The cafeteria accommodates 124 students. It is fully equipped with all standard kitchen equipment, including an icemaker.

In his 2016 budget address, Premier of Nevis and Minister in Charge of Education Hon. Vance Amory announced that at that time construction of the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School Cafeteria was underway with a modern kitchen and cafeteria to facilitate the school meals program.

In addition to the opening of the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School Cafeteria, the Premier said due to “financing from the Basic Needs Trust Fund 8 program, work is also underway to construct a lunch room at the Cicely Brown Integrated School. These developments are significant because when completed, all public primary schools will have a school meals program to provide nutritious hot meals to all primary school students daily.”

The Observer understands the cafeteria building was completed on schedule, but equipment necessary to operate the kitchen had not been installed. The majority of public primary schools on the island offer a school meals program and have cafeterias on their premises.