JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of November 4, 2019

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

Reminder: No school on Friday, Nov. 8 for staff professional learning. Thank you!

JHS Veterans Day Assembly - Nov. 11

In honor of Veterans Day, all area veterans and activity duty military personnel and their families are invited to attend the Johnston High School Veterans Day Assembly on Monday, November 11. There will be a guest speaker as well as performances by the JHS choir and band students to honor our military students and their families. The event starts at 9:15 a.m. in the JHS gymnasium.

Guests are asked to RSVP by Friday, Nov. 8 to Mindy Johannsen, 515-278-0779 or mindy.johannsen@jdragonmail.us.

JCSD District Office Open House

Monday, Nov. 18th, 5-6pm

6510 Northwest 62nd Avenue

Johnston, IA

Join us at the JCSD District Office open house on Monday, Nov. 18 from 5-6 p.m. We invite all members of the community to check out our new office space and honor our four outgoing board members (Greg Dockum, Jill Morrill, Deb Henry, and Marci Cordaro) and meet the four new board members (Alicia Clevenger, Jennifer Chamberland, Katie Fiala, and Soneeta Mangra-Dutcher). We look forward to celebrating with you!
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 November 4

The full agenda and minutes of the November 4, 2019 board meeting can be viewed here.


Request for a New Club - Johnston Amnesty International

Request for a New Club - SMS ISTEP (Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention)

Request for a New Club - JMS ISTEP (Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention)

Fiscal Year 2019 Audit Summary Presentation

Financial Health Presentation

First Reading of Policies 100 Legal Status of the School District, 200.1 Organization of the Board of Directors, 210.1 Annual Meeting, 215 Board of Directors' Records, and 704.5 Student Activities Fund
First Reading of Policy 203 Board of Directors' Conflict of Interest
First Reading of Policy 216.2 Board of Directors' Member Development and Training
First Reading of Policy 210.6 Quorum
First Reading of Policy 206.2 Vice President
First Reading of Policy 202.4 Vacancies


Approval of District Strategic Plan (Approved)
Approval of Johnston Community School District and Johnston Education Association Memorandum of Understanding Regarding - Employee Work Year (Approved)

Approval of Johnston Community School District HVAC Equipment Replacement and Life Safety Upgrades Project (Approved)
Approval of Early Incentive Offer (Approved)

Approval of Two-Way Radio Signal Booster (Approved)
Publication of Notice of Hearing and Posting of the Notice to Bidders for HVAC Equipment Replacement and Life Safety Upgrades Project (Approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer reviewed Goal #3: Danielson Evaluation Implementation. Recently, model teachers were given a survey on using the Frontline application to enter information for the Danielson evaluation. Kacer reviewed the data and next steps with board members.


Board meetings will now be held at the new district office, located at 6510 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston. The last November meeting will be held on Nov. 18, starting at 6 p.m. There will be a board member reception and new district office open house prior to the meeting on the 18th. Community members are welcomed and encouraged to attend the open house from 5-6 p.m.


Persons are encouraged to send questions, comments and suggestions to our board members. Each board member can be reached by email: Greg Dockum; Jill Morrill; Justin Allen; Deb Henry; Steven Hopper; Dr. Jeanie Kerber; and Marci Cordaro.

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.