JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of May 4, 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's Facebook Page is Down

We are experiencing technical difficulties with the District's Facebook page and cannot post to the page or edit events. We are actively working with Facebook to resolve the issue, but anticipate it will be down for a while. In the meantime, please access social media updates on Twitter (@JohnstonCSD) and Instagram (@JohnstonCSD). Thank you!

May 11 Raising Healthy Dragons: Social Media Deep Dive Webinar (Pre-registration required)

You are invited to join a webinar on Monday, May 11. Pre-registration is required!

"Social Media Deep Dive for Parents, Guardians, and Grandparents" will help you learn critical things to keep your kids safe in our digital day and age. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. Click here to register

You will Learn:

• How to help your child safely navigate social media and gaming platforms
• Current apps - the good, the bad, and the ugly
• What the grooming process is and how predators use social media to groom our kids
• What social-media acronyms parents must know
• Our kids’ brains on social media: The science of social media, how does social media affect youth
• Sexual images and social media
• Privacy laws and our kids' phones
• How to communicate with your child/teenager
• How to stay engaged with your youth and their social media usage

*Not recommended for youth as we discuss apps they may not be aware of - - please see our youth webinar.

District News & Announcements

2019-20 Lunch Account Balances

With school buildings now closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, we’d like to inform families of what will happen with their lunch account balances.

Non-graduating student

The account balance will remain in the student lunch accounts to be used next school year. Questions can be emailed to cspring@johnston.k12.ia.us

Graduating senior lunch account balances

  1. Remaining lunch money will be transferred into a sibling’s account.
  2. If the senior does not have a sibling in district, an email or phone call will be made to the parent to make arrangements for a refund check or option to donate remaining money to a student in need.

Board Highlights from May 4, 2020

The full agenda and minutes of the May 4, 2020 board meeting can be viewed here.


TLC Update

Educational Equity Review from the Department of Education


Approval of Revised FY 2020 Classroom Associate Sub Incentive (Approved)

Approval of FY 2021 Classroom Associate Sub Incentive (Approved)

Approval of Boiler Equipment Replacement at Johnston Middle School (Approved)

Approval of 2019-2020 Budget Amendment Hearing (Approved)

Approval of Infrastructure Upgrade 8-9 Middle School & Summit Middle School Change Order (Approved)

Approval of Tennis Court Gazebo Construction (Approved)

Approval of 1.0 FTE Social Studies Teacher at JHS (Approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer thanked board members for their work and dedication as part of May's School Board Recognition Month.

Dr. Nikki Roorda, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, presented the grading and reporting processes for grades PreK-5 and 6-12. Grading information was recently sent out to parents and students; Dr. Roorda provided additional insight to the document for board members.


Due to COVID-19 precautions and restrictions, all in-person board meetings have been moved to conference line or virtual meetings. Access information is published with the agenda on the Friday before the meeting. 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.