JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of February 8, 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.
REMINDER: School is in session on Monday, Feb. 15. Students and staff do not have the day off. Thank you!

District News & Announcements

Mark Your Calendars for March 2!

Johnston voters: We need you!

If you're ever wondered where the district gets money for new construction, renovation, and technology, and our outstanding extracurricular facilities, it's from the SAVE & PPEL funds. We will be posting regularly different pieces of information about this important vote for the future of our district. You can also check out information online: https://www.johnstoncsd.org/district/save-ppel/

Mark your calendars now and head to the polls on March 2!

JCSD SAVE PPEL Video #3 Extracurricular Activities
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Schlenker Scholarship Offered to JHS Seniors

The Johnston Community School Foundation is proud to offer the Raymond and Marie Schlenker Scholarship. One $10,000 scholarship, payable at a rate of $2,500 per year for four years, will be awarded to a Johnston High School (JHS) graduating senior with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and who intends to further their education at an accredited Iowa four-year college or university.

Learn more about the criteria and deadlines here.

Board Highlights from February 8, 2021

The full agenda and minutes of the February 8, 2021 board meeting can be viewed here.


  • 2021-2022 Textbook Fees
  • ASBO Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award

  • Black History Month Update

  • FY 22 Preliminary Tax Information

  • Online Learning Survey Results


  • Approval of Resolution to Oppose Senate File 159 (approved)
  • Approval of Out-of-State Travel to Orlando, March 2022 (approved)
  • Approval of the Budget Guarantee Resolution (approved)
  • Approval of JCSD 2020 Infrastructure Upgrades 8-9 Middle School & Summit Middle School (approved)
  • Approval of Increased Hours for Horizon Variable Hour Cook (approved)

  • Approval of Partial JEA Personal/Emergency Payout (approved)
  • Approval of Partial JESPA Associate Personal Leave Days and Partial JESPA Associate Emergency Leave Days Payout (approved)
  • Approval of Long Term Substitute Associates per Building (approved)
  • Approval of Additional Special Education Associate (approved)
  • Approval of Additional Hour for Child Serve Associate Position (approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer reviewed current Polk Co. health metrics, zip code COVID positivity data, and current staff absence data.

Superintendent Kacer then gave an update on the upcoming Special Election on March 2 for the renewal of SAVE Revenue Purpose Statement and continuation of the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. Recently, there have been questions from community members regarding taxes, so a new one-page deep dive into tax implications has been created, posted, and shared for those who are interested.


There will be limited seating in the District Office board room, in a distanced and safe seating style. Seat availability is first come, first seated. Citizens are encouraged to watch the board meetings via the livestream at https://team1sports.com/johnston/. Meetings begin at 6 p.m.; The remaining February meetings is on the 22nd; there is one meeting in March on the 8th.


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.