Cindy Kleinhelter was named District Director of School Food Services last month. She succeeds Nan Wilkins who retired in December after 9 years of service to the district.
"It's an overwhelming feeling; I realize that I have some huge footsteps to fill," Mrs. Kleinhelter said as she beamed brightly. Her colleagues have been saying congratulations and wishing her the best.
She has departed her role as District Home Hospital Teacher/Coordinator after 11 years. Mrs. Kleinhelter now supervises a district where thousands of students eat breakfast and lunch each school day.
However, coordinating meals is hardly a new practice for the veteran educator. Mrs. Kleinhelter has coordinated the district Summer Food Service Program since 2004 to ensure hundreds of students enjoy a healthy and nutritious lunch when school is not in session. Program participation has steadily increased and was honored with the Kentucky Sunshine Award.
Mrs. Kleinhelter has established roots in Bullitt County Public Schools. She began teaching Home Economics at BLMS in 1980 then transferred to NBHS where she continued to teach Home Economics. In 1986 she accepted the position of Special Vocational Liaison at the Bullitt County Area Technology Center prior to transferring to the position of Home Hospital Teacher/ Coordinator.
She, her husband, Dale, along with her son, Aaron, and their two dogs reside in Bullitt County. Aaron is currently completing his last semester at MSU, majoring in Marketing and Advertising.
Bullitt County Public Schools has nearly 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.