JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of March 08, 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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Schlenker Scholarship Offered to JHS Seniors

The Johnston Community School Foundation is proud to offer the Raymond and Marie Schlenker Scholarship. One $10,000 scholarship, payable at a rate of $2,500 per year for four years, will be awarded to a Johnston High School (JHS) graduating senior with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and who intends to further their education at an accredited Iowa four-year college or university.

Learn more about the criteria and deadlines here.

Board Highlights from March 08, 2021

The full agenda and minutes of the March 08, 2021 board meeting can be viewed here.


  • Certified Budget Information


  • Approval of FY 22 Budget Hearing (approved)
  • Approval of Additional Assistant Boys Track Coach (approved)
  • Approval of the 2021-2022 Online Learning Program (approved)
  • Approval of Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Position (approved)
  • Approval of Policy Exhibits 102.E4 Discrimination Complaint Form, 102.E5 Witness Disclosure Form, 102.E6 Disposition of Complaint Form, and 102.E7 Respondent Form (approved)
  • Approval of Policy 104 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment, Regulation 104.R1 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Investigation Procedures, and Exhibit 104.E1 Discrimination, Anti-Bullying, Anti-Harassment Complaint Form (approved)
  • Approval of Policy Exhibits 104.E2 Witness Disclosure Form, 104.E3 Disposition of Complaint Form, and 104.E4 Respondent Form (approved)
  • Approval of Policies 210.5 Meeting Notice, 211 Open Meetings, 302.7 Superintendent Civic Activities, and 303.8 Administrator Civic Activities (approved)
  • Approval of Policies 603.1 Basic Instruction Program, 603.2 Summer Learning Programs, 603.3 Special Education, and 603.10 Global Education (approved)
  • Approval of Policies 603.11 Citizenship, 604.6 Instruction at a Post-Secondary Institution, 604.8 Foreign Students, and 605.6 Internet Appropriate Use - Student Technology (approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer provided a brief update on current COVID numbers and staff absences. She highlighted the public approval of the two ballot measures, SAVE Revenue Purpose Statement and Physical Plant and Equipment Levy from the March 2 special election.

She also gave the board new information on a DMACC College & Career Transition Counselor (CCTE) position. Johnston will team up with West Des Moines-Valley High School in this venture to bring a better high school-to-college transition experience for 150 students (from each school) from underrepresented groups such as first generation college students, gender balance in trades/careers, English Learners, entitled individuals, etc.


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/. April meetings will be held on April 5 & 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.