ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : FIN-09-013

Date Created : 08/15/2008


Co-op Directors
other: Child Nutrition Directors
Child Nutrition Determining Officials

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Fiscal and Administrative Services - William J. Goff, Assistant Commissioner
Sept. 3 and 4 Distance Learning -- Free and Reduced Price Meal Eligibility and Application

Regulatory Authority:
7CFR 245

Contact Person:
Karen Franklin

Phone Number:


A Distance Learning Workshop entitled FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEAL ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION PROCESS will be presented on TWO DAYS, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2008, and again on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2008.

This three-hour workshop, covering current regulations and the “2008 Eligibility Manual for School Meals,” will be offered from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and will have the same content each day, therefore, personnel need only attend one training session. All district personnel involved in determining eligibility for the Child Nutrition Program, including the determining, certifying, confirming, hearing, and verifying officials, need to register for one day of this important training.


Please register for the workshop directly with the viewing location no later than FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2008. Follow each viewing site’s process for registration.

The following educational cooperatives will host this workshop:

Arch Ford,Room 1,Plumerville,501-354-2269, Sept. 4 only
Arkansas River,Room 1,Pine Bluff,870-534-6129, Sept. 3 and 4
Crowley’s Ridge,Room 2,Harrisburg,870-578-5426, Sept. 3 and 4
Dawson,Room 1,Arkadelphia,870-246-3077, Sept. 3 and 4
DeQueen/Mena,DM #1,Gillham,870-386-2251, Sept. 3 and 4
Great Rivers,Instructional Bldg.,West Helena,870-338-6461, Sept 3 only
Northcentral,Room 1,Melbourne,870-368-7955, Sept 3 and 4
Northeast,Room 1,Walnut Ridge,870-886-7717, Sept. 3 and 4
Northwest,Room 1,Farmington,479-267-7450, Sept. 3 and 4
South Central,Room 1,Camden,870-836-2213, Sept. 3 and 4
Southeast,Room 2,Monticello,870-367-6848, Sept. 3 and 4
Southwest,Lab 1,Hope,870-777-3076, Sept. 4 only
Western,Room 1,Branch,479-965-2191, Sept. 3 only
Wilbur D. Mills,Room 2,Beebe,501-882-5467,Sept. 3 only

Additional viewing locations:

Tri-District, Fuller Admin., Little Rock,501-538-0303, Sept. 3 and 4
Tri-District,Metro. Tech Ctr.,Little Rock,501-538-0303, Sept 3 and 4
Lake Hamilton,Admin.,Pearcy, Sept. 3 only
Hot Springs,H.S. Rm. 1011,Hot Springs,Sept. 4 only
Van Buren,Central Office,Van Buren, Sept. 3 only

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


Each participant should bring a copy of the “Eligibility Manual for School Meals” REVISED 2008 to the training. This NEW document can be printed from Commissioner’s Memo FIN-09-008 or from the Child Nutrition webpage: Click on the purple Eligibility button.

Any additional handouts may be printed after September 1st by going to the Child Nutrition webpage . Click on the following:
Monthly ADE Distance Education
School Year 2008-09 Distance Education Program
September 2008

For questions regarding the workshop content, please contact Rita Hamilton or Karen Franklin 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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