JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of October 12, 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

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Registration for KTC is Open!

Registration for KTC is open! With the transition back to full weeks at school, the program has been able to increase their flexibility again with childcare options. Check it out and make sure to get your DK-5th grade child registered! https://johnston.ce.eleyo.com/child-care/1/kids-connection

Board Highlights from October 12, 2020

The full agenda and minutes of the October 12, 2020 board meeting can be viewed here.


-2020-21 Academic Calendar

-Fall Conference Update


-Edmentum/Calvert (approved)

-Additional Special Education Associate FTE's (approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer provided a recap of the October 8 special meeting decision to move to 5 day, in person learning while continuing to provide 100% online learning. As part of this decision, parents were able to fill out a form to elect to change learning models if they wanted. The changes may mean some students will see changes to their teacher assignment(s) and/or busing schedules. Supt. Kacer then discussed new and ongoing mitigation strategies in buildings and throughout the district to keep students and staff safe.

Other parts of the Superintendent's report included discussion of resuming board meetings with a limited seating capacity for audience members. The board also discussed the type(s) of metrics they would like to see and review on an ongoing basis going forward.


Starting Oct. 26, 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/. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. The next meeting October board meeting is Oct. 26.


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.