ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : FIN-08-053

Date Created : 01/11/2008


Co-op Directors
other: All Principals
Child Nutrition Directors
Cafeteria Managers
School Nurses

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Fiscal and Administrative Services - Dr. Bobbie Davis, Assistant Commissioner
February Distance Learning-Special Dietary Needs

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Alicia Casteel

Phone Number:


A Distance Learning Workshop will be held on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2008. The three-hour Workshop, “Meeting Children’s Special Food and Nutrition Needs in Child Nutrition Programs,” will be offered from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The training will include a review and introduction to the National Food Service Management Institute’s (NFSMI) 2006 Breakfast Lunch Training Module. Alicia Casteel and Sheila Brown will provide an overview of the materials developed by NFSMI. Child Nutrition Directors are encouraged to use the materials in training kitchen managers and food service assistants to meet the special food and nutrition needs of children with special dietary needs. Goals are to train food service assistants to understand and to apply the laws and regulations that require accommodations for children with special food and nutrition needs, and to become familiar with special needs frequently seen in schools, including diabetes, food allergies, and inborn errors of metabolism and the associated accommodations for students.


Please register for the Workshop directly with the site by February 1. Follow each site’s process for registration.

The following educational cooperative sites will host this Workshop:

Arch Ford, Room 1, Plumerville - 501-354-2269
Arkansas River, Room 1, Pine Bluff - 870-534-6129
Crowley’s Ridge, Room 2, Harrisburg - 870-578-5426
Dawson, Room 1, Arkadelphia - 870-246-3077
DeQueen/Mena, DM Coop #1, Gillham - 870-386-2251
Great Rivers, Instructional Bldg., West Helena - 870-338-6461
Northcentral, Room 1, Melbourne - 870-368-7955
Northeast, Room 1, Walnut Ridge - 870-886-7717
Northwest, Room 1, Farmington - 479-267-7450
O U R, Room 2, Harrison - 870-743-9100
South Central, Room 2, Camden - 870-836-2213
Southeast, Room 1, Monticello - 870-367-6848
Southwest, Lab 1, Hope - 870-777-3076
Western, Room 1, Branch - 479-965-2191
Wilbur D. Mills, Room 2, Beebe - 501-882-5467

Additional viewing locations:
Hot Springs High School, Hot Springs – 501-624-5286 ext.17
Lake Hamilton School District Administration, Pearcy – 501-767-2306
Mountain Home High School, Mountain Home - 870-424-6932
Metropolitan Technical Center, LRSD, Little Rock - 501-539-0303
Tri District, Fuller Admin. PCSSD, Little Rock - 501-539-0303
Van Buren School District Central Office, Van Buren - 479-471-3113 ext.1

Training will be cancelled at any site that does not have a registered participant by the deadline.


Handouts may be printed by going to the Child Nutrition Web page after Monday, February 4, 2008. Click on the following:
Monthly ADE Distance Education
School Year 2007-08 Distance Education Program
February 2008

For questions regarding Workshop content, please contact Alicia Casteel of the Child Nutrition Unit (CNU), Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) at 501-324-9502. For questions regarding site participation, please contact Sheila Brown at 501-324-9502.


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