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Blueprint 2030: Help KCPS Set Goals for the Future

We’re asking staff members, students, parents/guardians and others to join us in providing feedback by participating in our Thoughtexchange platform. This is an opportunity for our stakeholders to offer their responses to questions about the future of our schools.

Celebrate Our 2021 School Teachers of the Year

The 2021 Kansas City Public Schools Teacher of the Year Recognition Program honors the educators who structure their classrooms to increase performance and provide exceptional experiences, no matter what.

KCPS Board of Education (BOE)

Families who applied for kindergarten, pre-K or a Signature School by the initial deadline of Monday, Feb. 15, received emails Wednesday, March 3 with offers to their first, second or third choice school.

Zoom Across America

The Greater Kansas City Links Chapter is partnering with school systems across the metro to host Zoom reading sessions for kindergarten - third grade students in honor of Read Across America Week, the nation’s largest celebration of reading.

Child Nutrition

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

Jordan Gordon, Director-Food & Nutrition
Office: (816) 418-7457
Jgordon1@kcpublicshools.org

Lauren Cheadle, Administrative Assistant 
(816) 418-7758
lcheadle@kcpublicschools.org

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

Esther Alvarado, Office/Payroll Technician
(816)418-7840
ealvarado@kcpublicschools.org

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

Cody Linn, IT Support Specialist
Office: (816) 418-7733
colinn@kcpublicschools.org

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

Tyson Malone, Training Supervisor
Office: (816)418-7436
tmalone@kcpublicschools.org

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