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KCPS orchestra students perform at the KCPS Fine Arts Showcase on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

"In schools, children need to have a place of belonging. They need to know they're accepted. They have to find their niche, that thing they’re good at,” said KCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier.

Five people stand in the KCPS boardroom. They are smiling as one receives an award.

At the Wednesday, March 9, 2022, Board of Education meeting, three KCPS employees were recognized as “Terrific Teammates” for their contributions to their school communities.

A banner showing smiling children with the words "Enroll now for fall!"

Current KCPS students will automatically “roll up” to the next grade, and no action is required from parents/guardians at this time. Please do not submit an application for new enrollment, as this will cause processing delays.

A graphic of students attending schools wearing masks.

With guidance from our trusted community health partners, the Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and administration agreed on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, to end our mask mandate, effective immediately.

students in a bright, colorful classroom work on computers

On Jan. 29, 2022, 42 students from East High School, Lincoln College Prep and Lincoln Middle School competed against students from four other districts and three charter schools in the 2022 PREP-KC Math Relays. KCPS won 41 of 98 awards!

Child Nutrition

Free Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are provided to every student in the KCPS, free-of-charge. 

Breakfast & Lunch Menus

The Department of Child Nutrition is responsible for developing, preparing and serving student-inspired healthy meals. Menus are planned by a team of Registered & Licensed Dietitians, in collaboration with an Executive Chef. All meals are approved by the Director of Food & Nutrition to meet the guidelines and regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Menus are planned with the goal of providing students with one third of their Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for key nutrients and calories. Child Nutrition Services offers a variety of programs that are geared towards increasing our student’s exposure to fresh and healthy foods.  

Vision 

 Child Nutritional Services vision is that all students have access to healthy and nutritious meals that promote strong and eager learners in the classrooms. Child Nutritional Services will proactively engage students, parents and community members on meal planning to ensure that our menus are rich in diversity, innovation and creativity. 

Additionally, the Department of Child Nutrition: 

  • Developed a Wellness Policy that is focused on improving the health of students. The policy was developed by the health and wellness advisory council that includes teachers, parents, administrators, and the district nurse.
  • Continues to share the message of nutrition and wellness via our department’s website that emphasizes the importance of nutrition and fitness.
  • Provides information on the nutrition and fitness for teachers, parents, and students, as well as, a variety of learning tools.
  • Identifies student needs and wants and works diligently to fulfill such requests.

Office of Child Nutrition 

The Office of Child Nutrition is responsible for making sure every student has access to nutritious meals at school, while removing any impediments and/or barriers to a child’s access to food. We strongly believe providing students with nutritious meals throughout the day has a positive effect on the outcome of their day. 

Additionally, the Office of Child Nutrition 

  • Provides catering through our catering Chef, who can provide you with an assortment of dishes or work with any special requests.
  • Provides top of the line training for all new employees in hopes of a smooth transition to our team.
  • Provides nutrition education training and creative activities that inspire students to develop healthy eating habits.

Office Programs and Initiatives   

  1. To ensure we exude excellent customer service to all customers.
  2. We play a vital role in cultivating a focused learning environment for our students by serving quality, nutritious meals.
  3. We strive to provide our team members with the training, tools, resources, and environment to be successful in reaching our goals.
Board of Education

Staff Members and Contact Info

Brian Wieher, Director-Food & Nutrition
Office: (816) 418-7457
bwieher@kcpublicshools.org

Janae Harvey, Administrative Assistant
Office: (816) 418-7452
jharvey1@kcpublicschools.org

Katlyn Lanoue RD/LD, Assistant Director, Dietitian
Office: (816) 418-7017
kalanoue@kcpublicschools.org

Teresita Pineda, Office/Payroll Technician
(816) 418-7840
tpineda@kcpublicschools.org

Louida George, Accountability Technician
(816) 418-7423
lgeorge@kcpublicschools.org

Maxwell Gratton, IT Support Specialist
Office: (816) 418-7733
mgratton@kcpublicschools.org

Chef Manny Alipio, Chef & Caterer
(816)418-7341
malipio@kcpublicschools.org

Hannah Thornburgh RD/LD, Supervisor/Dietitian
Office: (816)418-7341
hthornburgh@kcpublicschools.org

Lauren Cheadle, Area Supervisor 
(816) 418-7758
lcheadle@kcpublicschools.org

Chon Walters, Area Supervisor
Office: (816) 418-7011
cwalters@kcpulicschools.org

Lea Ann Smiroldo, Area Supervisor
Office: (816)418-7756
lsmiroldo@kcpublicschools.org