JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of Febuary 24, 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

NOW OPEN: 2020-21 Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-12 Registration

2020-21 online school registration is now open for all new and existing families – this includes 2-year old, 3-year old, and 4-year old preschoolers, developmental kindergartners (DK), kindergartners and students entering grades 1-12. All registration information is located online and viewable here.

  • 2-year-old and 3-year-old preschool registration opened February 5 @ 8 a.m. (Online and in-person)
  • 4-year-old preschool registration opeed February 12 @ 8 a.m. (Online and in-person)
  • Developmental Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration opened February 19 (Online)
  • Grades 1-12 registration opened February 19 (Online)
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 February 24, 2020

The full agenda and minutes of the February 24, 2020 board meeting can be viewed here.


CIP Sharing (JELA)

iPad Check-in and Check-out Procedures

2020-2021 Textbook Fees

FY 20 Preliminary Tax Information

First Reading of Policy 303.2 Administrator Qualifications, Recruitment, Appointment; Policy 303.4 Administrator Salary and Other Compensation; Policy 303.6 Administrator Evaluation; Policy 303.7 Administrator Professional Development; Policy 303.9 Administrator Consulting/Outside Employment; Policy 304.1 Development and Enforcement of Administrative Regulations; Policy 304.2 Monitoring of Administrative Regulations; and Policy 305 Administrator Code of Ethics

First Reading of Policy 303.3 Administrator Contract and Contract Non-Renewal

First Reading of Policy 306 Succession of Authority to the Superintendent
First Reading of Policy 307 Communication Channels


Approval of New Club - JMS Girls Lacrosse Club (Glax) (Approved)
Approval of Hybrid Delivery System for PE (Approved)
Approval of Policy 300 Role of School District Administration (Approved)
Approval of Policies 301 Administrative Structure; 302.1 Superintendent Qualifications, Recruitment, Appointment; 302.2 Superintendent Contract and Contract Nonrenewal; 302.3 Superintendent Salary and Other Compensation; 302.5 Superintendent Evaluation; 302.6 Superintendent Professional Development; and 302.8 Superintendent Consulting/Outside Employment (Approved)
Approval of Policy 303.1 Administrative Positions (Cabinet) (Approved)
Approval of Policy 302 Superintendent of Schools (Approved)
Approval of Policy 301.1 Management (Approved)
Approval of E-Rate Funding-Internet Services (Approved)
Approval of E-Rate Funding-Fiber Locating and Marking (Approved)
Approval of Summer Food Service Program (Approved)
Approval of ZFX Agreement (Approved)

Resolution to Amend and Adopt 403(b) Plan (Approved)
Approval of Baseball and Softball Complex Change Orders (Approved)
Approval of Wallace Adaptive Reuse to Johnston Administration Building Change Orders (Approved)
Approval of Rankin Communication Systems Inc. for Johnston Middle School Clock Project (Approved)
Approval of Additional ESOL Staff for 2020-2021 (Approved)
Resolution Authorizing the Redemption of General Obligation School Bonds, Series 2015, Dated December 9, 2015, Approving the Third Amendment to the Escrow Agent Agreement, and Levying a Tax for Fiscal Year 2020-21 for the Redemption of General Obligation School Bonds, Series 2015, Dated December 9, 2015 (Approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer reported out on Goal #6 - Culture of Coaching. Laura shared her experience at the recent AASA Superintendent's Conference in San Diego. One of Laura's takeaways is a National Principal Supervisor Academy for 2020-21. This would directly pertain to Dr. Amendt's position supervising the school principals.


Board meetings are held at the district office, located at 6510 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston. There is one March board meeting and that will take place on March 9, 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.