JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of May 3, 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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Aquatics Classes, Jobs Now Available

Make a splash at the Summit MS pool this spring and summer with upcoming classes and job opportunities!

  • Water Polo Clinic: This clinic will provide basic skills and an understanding of the sport. There are two different sessions - one for children 10-14 yrs; another for ages 15+. Clinics take place May 8 and 15. Register online: https://johnston.ce.eleyo.com/. Cost is $10.
  • Jr. Lifeguard classes: Class participants will shadow lifeguards at the Summit pool and get CPR certified. This course will take place over the summer for $55. Call 515-278-0552 if interested in enrolling.
  • Now Hiring: Aquatics Lifeguards and Swim Instructors. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older. Please contact Breonnhia Bailey , JCE Aquatics Coordinator, to learn more. 515-986-0951 or breonnhia.bailey@johnston.k12.ia.us.

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Board Highlights from May 3, 2021

The full agenda and minutes of the May 3, 2021 board meeting can be viewed here.


  • Raising Healthy Dragons


  • Approval of Updated Summer Mitigation Plans (Approved)
  • Approval of Safety Monitor for Johnston Middle School (Approved)
  • Publication of Notice of Hearing and Posting of the Notice to Bidders for the Johnston Middle School Track Improvement Project (Approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer provided a brief update on current COVID numbers and staff absences.

Supt. Kacer then thanked the board for their service as part of School Board Recognition Month. Board members have provided countless hours of their volunteered time to guide the district forward with decision-making on a range of issues. Student board reps Ilda Sivac and Tanner Kenin were also recognized for their year-long commitment to the board.


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. All public comments must be read in person and will no longer be accepted electronically. The board meetings are livestreamed and available on demand at https://team1sports.com/johnston/. The remaining May meeting will be held on May 17, 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.