JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of January 27, 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

Mark Your Calendars: 2020-21 Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-12 Registration

2020-21 online school registration opens in February for both new and existing families – this will include 2-year old, 3-year old, and 4-year old preschoolers, developmental kindergartners (DK), kindergartners and students entering grades 1-12. All registration information is located online and viewable here.

  • 2-year-old and 3-year-old preschool registration opens February 5 @ 8 a.m. (Online and in-person)
  • 4-year-old preschool registration opens February 12 @ 8 a.m. (Online and in-person)
  • Developmental Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration opens February 19 (Online)
  • Grades 1-12 registration opens February 19 (Online)
JCSD Digital Backpack

For camps, clubs, after-school activities - and so much more - check out community offerings in the JCSD Digital Backpack.

Board Highlights from January 27, 2020

The full agenda and minutes of the January 27, 2020 board meeting can be viewed here.


New Club Request - SMS GSA Club

New Club Request - JMS and JHS March for our Lives

Enrollment Analysis Report

CIP Plan Sharing (Summit and JMS)

FY 20 Line Item and Projections

Hybrid Delivery System for PE

Alternative Options for Senior Course Loads

First Reading of Policies: 501.5 Attendance Center Assignment; 603.1 Basic Instruction Program; 905.1 Community Use of School Facilities & Equipment; 401.12 District Landline and Cellular Telephone Usage; 206.4 Treasurer; 707.5 Internal Controls; 707.5R1 Internal Controls Procedures; 705.7 Credit Cards/Procurement Cards


Approval of New Club - JMS Dungeons and Dragons Club (Approved)

Approval to Transfer Community Ed to the General Fund (Approved)

Approval by Resolution on Disposition of Real Property for the NW 62nd Ave and Merle Hay Road Improvements (Approved)

Approval of Stop Signs for the High School Parking Lot (Approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer reported on Goal #2: Professional Learning Alignment. Laura shared the learning staff did on Monday, January 20 and what is coming up for Monday, February 17. On the 20th, staff took the mandatory Iowa Suicide Prevention/Postvention training. All staff must have this complete by Feb. 21, 2020.


Board meetings are held at the district office, located at 6510 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston. February board meetings will take place on Feb. 10 and Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. Meetings are also livestreamed at https://team1sports.com/johnston/.


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.