River Ridge High School’s cafeteria team celebrates its 20th consecutive perfect health inspection score. From left to right: River Ridge HS School Nutrition Manager Laura Bricker, Leslie Duncan, Kimberly Sosino, Kimberlie Figueroa, Wendy Hunter, Elizabeth Yushak, Danyel Owens, Assistant Manager Cheryl Brigham, Oua Fae Mahi and Gina Lindenmayer.
A Cherokee County School District cafeteria team has earned its 20th consecutive perfect health inspection score!
The River Ridge High School cafeteria staff recently achieved this impressive milestone, which is an exceptional run even in a district where school cafeterias average 99.06% on the health inspections held twice each year.
The team led by River Ridge HS School Nutrition Manager Laura Bricker and Assistant Manager Cheryl Brigham is made up of Leslie Duncan, Kimberlie Figueroa, Wendy Hunter, Gina Lindenmayer, Oua Fae Mahi, Danyel Owens, Kimberly Sosino and Elizabeth Yushak. They will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the March School Board meeting.
“We expect the best from every employee in our organization, and the River Ridge cafeteria team continues to meet and exceed that challenge,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We’re so proud of their dedication to ensuring safe and nutritious meals for students and look forwarding to celebrating this achievement with them.”
The inspections are conducted by the Cherokee County Environmental Health Department, which is the same agency that inspects restaurants in the community. The environmental health specialists during their visit inspect every aspect of the kitchen, including proper cooking and holding temperatures for cold and hot food items; correct temperatures and usage dates for food items in the dry storage, cooler and freezer areas; and proper cleaning and disinfecting products and equipment. CCSD School Nutrition staff all are required to participate in regular training to ensure their adherence to best practices for safe food preparation and service.
“We pride ourselves on being a highly trained team of school nutrition professionals with food safety being a top priority for all kitchens,” CCSD School Nutrition Executive Director Tina Farmer said. “Ms. Bricker and her team are a great example of this commitment, which shows through this outstanding achievement! Their dedication to the health and safety of our children is incredible, and I am proud to work with such an amazing team.”