JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of September 27, 2021

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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JCSD School Board Candidate Forum

Monday, Oct. 18th, 6-8pm

6207 Northwest 62nd Avenue

Johnston, IA

The district will host a forum for the current slate of school board candidates on Monday, October 18, from 6-8 p.m. at the Wallace Elementary auditorium. It will be open to the public and livestreamed via the Johnston Live Stream Network. This is not a debate, but an opportunity for the candidates to introduce themselves and share why they are running.

Members of the community are encouraged to come to the forum, meet the candidates, and learn more about them before voting on November 2.

Board Highlights from September 27, 2021

The full agenda of the September 27, 2021 board meeting can be viewed here.


    • Nutrition Services Annual Report
    • Financial Year End Report FY 21


    • Approval of Temporary Board Secretary and Stipend (approved)
    • Approval of District Negotiation Team (approved)
    • Approval of Preliminary Design for Cell Tower (approved)
    • Approval of Supplemental Aid for Special Education Deficit (approved)
    • Approval of PE Waiver Renewal (approved)
    • Approval of Additional JELA Associate (approved)
    • Approval of Additional Special Education Teacher at Beaver Creek (approved)
    • Approval of FTE Increase for Special Ed Associate at Timber Ridge (approved)
    • Approval of Long Term Special Education Substitute Associates (approved)
    • Approval of Policy 502.6 Weapons (approved)


    Superintendent Kacer reviewed Covid numbers in the state and county, along with a new slide showing the rate/level of transmission in Polk Co, according to the CDC.

    She provided an update to the board on the Standards Based Mindset work, led by Dr. Mary Cooksley. It is a three-year plan that started shortly before COVID hit. Now, teams are getting back to that work.


    Board meetings are held in person at the District Office, 6510 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston. All public comments must be read in person. The board meetings are livestreamed and available on demand at https://team1sports.com/johnston/. October board meetings will be held Oct. 11 and 25, both starting at 6 p.m.


    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. Nikki Roorda, 6510 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston, Iowa 50131, (515) 278-0470, nikki.roorda@johnston.k12.ia.us.