Behind the locked doors of room 14 sit several cold ovens and enough kitchen equipment to run a restaurant. It used to be a place where hundreds of students learned to cook and prepare menus. They catered events for students and staff. Some went on to careers in the restaurant and hospitality industries.
The Culver City Fire Department closed the Culinary Arts class at the end of the 2014 school year due to the improper and unsafe ventilation system, according to Lisa Michel, Asst. Principal of Guidance and Curriculum.
“There were many occasions when the room would set off the alarms, as the ventilation system had not been appropriate for the room,” Michel said. “The last time the fire department came when an alarm was set off in Spring 2014, they closed the program down.”
The program will reopen. However, there is no timeline yet, according to Michel.
Renovation of the classroom is on the list of projects to improve the CCUSD schools under Measure CC, a $106 million bond that Culver City residents passed two years ago.