JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of April 05, 2021

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

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Board Highlights from April 05, 2021

The full agenda and minutes of the April 05, 2021 board meeting can be viewed here.


  • Discussion of JEA and JESPA Master Agreements
  • Summer School Opportunity for Grades 1-6
  • Transportation Eligibility Discussion for Lawson Elementary School
  • Consideration of 2021-2022 Board Meeting Dates
  • First Reading of Policies 505.8 Parental Involvement, 606.3 Animals in the Classroom, and Regulation 606.3R1 Animals in the Classroom
  • First Reading of Policies 607.2 Student Health Services, 507.3 Communicable Diseases - Students, and Exhibit 507.2E2 Parental Authorization and Release Form for the Administration of Prescription Medication to Students
  • First Reading of Policies 711.3 Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing Program, 703.1 Budget Planning, 707.2 Treasurer's Annual Report, and 707.6 Audit Committee
  • First Reading of Policies 708 School District Records, 710.1 School Food Program, 711.2 Student Transportation for Extracurricular Activities, and 804.2 District Emergency Operations Plan


  • Adopt and Certify FY 2021-2022 Certified Budget (Approved)
  • Approval of 2020-2021 Budget Amendment Hearing (Approved)
  • Approval of 28E Agreement with DMACC for Shared Counselor Position (Approved)
  • Approval of Additional Assistant Varsity Softball Coach (Approved)
  • Approval of Cabinet Level Reorganization (Approved)
  • Approval of Payment for Summer School Staff (Approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer provided a brief update on current COVID numbers and staff absences, including the number of substitute teachers and associates who are returning to the district now that vaccines are more available. She said that until the end of the school year, the district will not be make modifications to COVID-19 safety and mitigation strategies.

Supt. Kacer shared information on the JHS graduation ceremony, scheduled for May 23. Finally, she gave an update on the ongoing Digital Dragons enrollment numbers, which are very low. If more students don't sign up, it may not be feasible to run the program for the 2021-22 school year.


There will be limited seating in the District Office board room, in a distanced and safe seating style. Seat availability is first come, first seated. Citizens are encouraged to watch the board meetings via the livestream at https://team1sports.com/johnston/. The remaining April meeting will be held on April 19, 2021.


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.