JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of November 18, 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.
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District News & Announcements

JMS/SMS Mock Trial Teams Shine at State

Big congrats going out to our JMS and SMS mock trial teams for their run at state. Team Dragon ended in 15th place; Team Firestorm in 17th and winner of the Anthony Critelli award for sportsmanship and decorum; and Team Purple ended with a semi-finals finish. Many students also won awards for Outstanding Attorney and Witness. Great work to the students and coaches! Read more.

Santa Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, Dec. 7th, 8-10am

6500 Northwest 100th Street

Johnston, IA

The community is invited to the Johnston National Honor Society Santa Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8-10 a.m. at the Johnston High School commons area (door #2).
Unwrapped toys, personal items, and freewill donations will be accepted, with proceeds going to the Johnston Partnership.

Enjoy homemade pancakes and visit Santa during this fun event to kickoff the holiday season.
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 18

The full agenda and minutes of the November 18, 2019 board meeting can be viewed here.


Approval of Financial Depositories (Approved)

Approval of Bank Depositories and Maximum Balances (Approved)

Approval of the FY19 Audit (Approved)

Approval of a New Club - Johnston Amnesty International (Approved)

Approval of a New Club - SMS ISTEP (Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention) (Approved)

Approval of a New Club - JMS ISTEP (Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention) (Approved)

Approval 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 (Approved)
Approval of Policy 203 Board of Directors' Conflict of Interest (Approved)
Approval of Policy 216.2 Board of Directors' Member Development and Training (Approved)
Approval of Policy 210.6 Quorum (Approved)
Approval of Policy 206.2 Vice President (Approved)
Approval of Policy 202.4 Vacancies (Approved)
Review of Election Results (Approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer recognized outgoing board members Greg Dockum, Jill Morrill, Marci Cordaro, and Deb Henry.


New Club Request - JMS Sewing Club

New Club Request - JMS Art Club

JHS Fishing Club Report and Review of Procedures

JLAC Update

ISASP Results Update

Course Selection Handbook


Board meetings are held at the new district office, located at 6510 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston. There is one December board meeting on December 9, starting 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.