JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of August 12, 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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Board Highlights from August 12

The full agenda and minutes of the August 12, 2019 board meeting can be viewed here.




Approval of 2019-20 Parent-Student and District Handbooks (approved)

Approval of One Additional 1/2 day Section of Developmental Kindergarten (approved)

Additional KTC Staff Request (approved)

School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC): Approval of Members (approved)

Additional Associate Staffing Needs (approved)

Approval for Out-of-State Travel Request to Kansas (approved)

Approval of Out-of-state Travel to South Dakota (approved)

Approval of Johnston Baseball and Softball Complex Change Orders (approved)

Approval of Wallace Adaptive Reuse to Johnston Administration Building Change Orders (approved)

Approval of HVAC Equipment at Beaver Creek Elementary and Horizon Elementary (approved)


2019-20 Goals: Goal #1: Data Driven Work. Superintendent Kacer shared how building/dept Continuous Improvement Plans will be monitored and checked at three times throughout the school year to ensure buildings are on track with reaching their goals.

Construction Update: Michael Schmitz, Stahl Construction. As the summer wraps up, many projects are coming to completion. At the baseball and softball fields, crews are doing topsoil work, planting trees, basin dress up, and fixing some fencing. At Johnston Middle School, work will be done this week and is punch-list ready. At the new district office, many things are happening to move the project toward completion at the end of August. This week, electrical, security, carpet, HVAC, ceiling tiles, and cabinetry will all be installed/finished. The board room has a little bit more work to be done before it will be ready; the board room desk will not arrive until early October.

City of Johnston Project Update: Matt Greiner from the City of Johnston gave an update on the work being done around Lawson. Many of the services and work are scheduled to be done or near completion before school starts on the 23rd. He ensured the board that the school would not have any kind of interruption to water or sewer service during school hours.

Once sewer work is complete, they will asphalt the road. Sidewalks will be installed by mid-October, pending favorable weather conditions. A note was made that staff and parents may have to park at City Hall for Meet The Teacher night, as the road in front of Lawson will not be complete and available.


The remaining August board meeting will be held on Monday, August 26, at 6 p.m. at the District's Administrative Resource Center, 5608 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston IA.


Persons are encourages 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, 5608 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa 50131, (515) 278-0470, bamendt@johnston.k12.ia.us.