Nicole A. Elliott Sentinel staff writer

LOTS OF ROOM — Cafeteria employees work in Camden High School’s newly removated and expanded kitchen where food is prepared for students each day. Dr. Jeffrey K. Bryant, superintendent, said kitchen staff helped design the room. (Sentinel photos by John Clifford)

BLUE DEVILS — Contractors in the Camden High School cafeteria test the color of the textured walls using accent LED lighting.

CAMDEN — Camden Central School unveiled its new cafeteria and kitchen area to students and staff this week on the return from spring break.

Work was included in the $11.5 million construction project, part of Phase III of Camden Central School District’s renovations plan. Work is still on-going, with several projects at the school and district-wide either being completed or just starting this summer, said Dr. Jeffrey K. Bryant, superintendent.

Renovations that were recently completed includes expansion of the high school cafeteria that doubled the room’s capacity, a new kitchen and additions to the foyer and auditorium. Crews also installed a new generator that has the capacity to power the entire school in case of an outage. Auditorium work included a new rigging system for the stage curtains, as well as a new sound system that has not been renovated or replaced since 1967.

Bovis Lend Lease and King & King Architects, both of Syracuse, are at charge of construction management and construction respectively. Work began on the two-year project in March of 2011 and is expected to be complete by January 2013.