JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of October 21, 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

BPA Mattress Sale Fundraiser is Saturday, Nov. 2 @ JHS

The Johnston Band Parents Association is partnering with Custom Fundraising Solutions to host a mattress sale fundraiser on Saturday, November 2nd from 10AM - 5PM in the JHS Commons. Mattresses, sheets, pillows, bed frames and more will be available. For more information, please contact the JBPA at jbandparents@gmail.com or Jen Christy at 515-577-2873. This fundraiser benefits all band students in grades 5-12. Thank you for your support of the band programs!

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 (TBD upon Nov. 5 elections). We look forward to celebrating with you!
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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 October 21

The full agenda and minutes of the October 21, 2019 board meeting can be viewed here.


Six day Cycle for Related Arts

ACT Report

ISASP Report

Standards Based Mindset Report

Capital Improvement Plan Project Status Update


Approval of Out-of-State Travel to Hastings, MN (approved)

Approval of 2020-21 Academic Calendar (approved) View the calendar here.

Approval of Additional Special Education Associates and Special Education Associate Hours Adjustment (approved)

Approval of Middle School Change Order (approved)


Superintendent Kacer provided the board with a 2019-20 student count. NOTE: This is not certified enrollment. We have a total of 7,547 students, grades PreK-12 in the district this year.

Mid-American Energy representative Curt Gause presented the district with a rebate check for $176,444.00 as a result of efforts to replace or construct with energy efficient equipment. The funds will go back into the General Fund.


Board meetings will now be held at the new district office, located at 6510 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston. November meetings will be held on Nov. 4 and Nov. 18, both starting at 6 p.m.

School board elections are coming up on November 5! All eligible JCSD citizens are encouraged to learn more about the nine board candidates and vote on the 5th.


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.