In the Spring Hill School District, families can help ensure students have a great start to their academic day with a nutritionally sound breakfast and healthy lunch.  Last year, the district’s Nutrition Department served 240,000 lunches and 55,000 breakfasts. The district participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In addition, the district’s Nutrition Services group is carefully monitored and reviewed by the Kansas Department of Education’s (KSDE) Child Nutrition and Wellness.
Every three years, the district’s Nutrition Services is subject to a comprehensive Nutrition and Wellness Review by the state to ensure compliance with the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program requirements set forth by the Healthy-Hunger Free Kids Act.  In mid-December, the department underwent an intensive review that included five areas with two of those areas considered critical areas.  An error in a critical area could be cause for fiscal penalty. Included in the five areas were Nutrition Benefit issuance, meal counting and claiming for federal and state reimbursement, meal planning accuracy and documentation as well as food safety, on-site monitoring and record keeping.
After the completed review, the district’s Department of Nutrition Services received great news from Julie Henry, KSDE Child Nutrition and Wellness, during the administrative debrief. Out of nearly 130 reviews of public and private schools in the State of Kansas, only five schools finish their review with no corrective action.  The Spring Hill School District is one of a select group to receive flawless marks.  Henry emphasized that it is very, very uncommon for a school district to finish a review without any corrective actions.  In addition, she explained that the Spring Hill School District’s Department of Nutrition Services is “well organized and well run” and “has a very positive reputation with KSDE Child and Nutrition and Wellness.”