JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of February 22, 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

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 #4 Final Vote Push

Learning Through Black History Lessons

During February, classrooms throughout the district have been learning about the significant contributions and acts African-Americans have made in American History. From invention lessons to art, songs to modern-day influencers, different schools have provided a variety of ways for students to dig into Black History Month. Here's a recap of recent stories; click on the story title to read each piece.

Celebrating Outstanding Student Accomplishments

We have had a number of student commendations to celebrate recently. Click on the story title below to read the complete article. Congratulations to our hard-working students on their accomplishments - we are so proud of you!

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 11, 2021

The full agenda and minutes of the February 21, 2021 board meeting can be viewed here.


  • Senate File 2360 and Chapter 103 Updates
  • CIML Conference Alignment Update

  • Online Learning Program Proposal for 2021-2022 School Year

  • First Reading of Policy Exhibits 102.E4 Discrimination Complaint Form, 102.E5 Witness Disclosure Form, 102.E6 Disposition of Complaint Form, and 102.E7 Respondent Form

  • First Reading of Policy 104 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment, Regulation 104.R1 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Investigation Procedures, and Exhibit 104.E1 Discrimination, Anti-Bullying, Anti-Harassment Complaint Form

  • First Reading of Policy Exhibits 104.E2 Witness Disclosure Form, 104.E3 Disposition of Complaint Form, and 104.E4 Respondent Form
  • First Reading of Policies 210.5 Meeting Notice, 211 Open Meetings, 302.7 Superintendent Civic Activities, and 303.8 Administrator Civic Activities
  • First Reading of Policies 603.1 Basic Instruction Program, 603.2 Summer Learning Programs, 603.3 Special Education, and 603.10 Global Education
  • First Reading of Policies 603.11 Citizenship, 604.6 Instruction at a Post-Secondary Institution, 604.8 Foreign Students, and 605.6 Internet Appropriate Use - Student Technology


  • 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 2021-22 for the Redemption of General Obligation School Bonds, Series 2015, Dated December 9, 2015 (approved)
  • Approval of TLC Building Equity Advocate Positions (approved)
  • Approval of Textbook Fees for the 2021-2022 School Year (approved)
  • Approval of 2020-2021 District Calendar Adjustment (approved)
  • Approval of Policy 208.2 Standing Committees (approved)
  • Approval of Board Member Assignments for new Equity Committee (approved)
  • Addition of 10 days to Transportation Manager Contract (approved)


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

Joy Wiebers then gave an update on the two on-site vaccination clinics being held for staff through Unity Point. Between this clinic and others throughout the community, our staff have had a good opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they desired.

Superintendent Kacer reminded the community and board of the upcoming special election on March 2 and showed the last video, featuring JHS alum Scott Syroka.


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/. 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.