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‘Pest’ problem closes Makowski school cafeteria

The cafeteria at Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center has been shut down by inspectors from the Erie County Department of Health, who cited a number of violations in and around the food-service area.

On Tuesday, inspectors conducted a review of the Jefferson Avenue school, which was cited for a lack of measures to control the entrance of pests, along with the presence of “droppings” in kitchen and storage areas, Buffalo Public Schools officials said in a written response. The response did not indicate whether the droppings were from rodents, roaches or other pests.

Other violations involved classrooms – where breakfast is served – and outside loading areas due to improper trash storage and removal.

The school district’s engineering staff and the District Plant Department is addressing the concerns.

While schools officials work to eliminate the problems, all student breakfasts and lunches are being prepared at the district’s commissary and will be delivered to the school daily.

The school district requested a re-inspection on Friday, and staff at the school have been advised by Superintendent Kriner Cash that they will be held accountable for the outcome of the re-inspection.