JCSD E-Connection

Board updates, news, and events from the around the district

Week of September 14, 2020

Thank you for checking out the JCSD E-Connection! In this newsletter, you will find links to Johnston Board of Education items/decisions, news, and commendations from around the district, and important information for parents/guardians.

All attempts are made to be as accurate as possible at the time of publication. Questions, comments, or concerns can be emailed to the JCSD Communications department at jcsdcomm@jdragonmail.us.

District News & Announcements

Save the Date: JCSF Golf Outing is Sept. 28

Join the Johnston Community School Foundation for their 21st Annual Golf Outing and Fundraiser on September 28, 2020. The event raises money for the Foundation to continue to donate and support the students and staff of the Johnston Community School District. Gather a group of friends, neighbors and co-workers to support the Foundation and it's efforts in the 2020-21 School Year. It will be a fun afternoon in the outdoors at Hyperion Field Club in Johnston!

Registration begins at 11 AM with a cook-out lunch and there will be a shot-gun start at noon. Other games, prizes and a raffle will be a part of the event.

*Please bring a mask with you to use when social distancing may be difficult. *Details of this event may change depending on Covid 19 and spread in our community. Any changes will be communicated out.*

To purchase tickets and reserve your groups spot, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/johnston-school-foundation-2020-golf-outing-tickets-112397832944

Board Highlights from September 14, 2020

The full agenda and minutes of the September 14, 2020 board meeting can be viewed here.


-Virtual Learning Update


-Approval of Student Representatives Ilda Sivac and Tanner Kenin to the Board of Education (Approved)

-Approval of Affirmative Action Plan (Approved)
-Approval of Flexible Account Resolution (Cancelled due to hearing cancellation)
-Approval of Additional Custodial Staffing (Approved)
-Approval of Transfer to Nutrition Fund for Premium Pay (Approved)
-Approval of Wallace Adaptive Reuse to Johnston Administration Building Change Order (Approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer provided a Return To Learn update to the board to go over numbers of online/hybrid learners, Edmentum engagement metrics, and a snapshot of our recent Social-Emotional-Behavioral-Mental Health survey to caregivers, learners, and staff. Ms. Kacer's full report is attached below this section.


Due to COVID-19 precautions and restrictions, citizens are encouraged to watch the board meetings via the livestream at https://team1sports.com/johnston/. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. The next meeting is September 28, 2020.


Persons are encouraged to send questions, comments and suggestions to our board members. Each board member can be reached by email: Justin Allen; Dr. Jeanie Kerber; Jennifer Chamberland; Dr. Alicia Clevenger; Katie Fiala; Steven Hopper; and Soneeta Mangra-Dutcher.

Johnston Community School District

JCSD Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Johnston Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Associate Superintendent, Dr. Bruce Amendt, 6510 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston, Iowa 50131, (515) 278-0470, bamendt@johnston.k12.ia.us.