JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of July 12, 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

"Camp Dragon" Summer Enrichment Kicks Off

On Monday, Johnston educators and staff welcomed 400+ elementary learners to our "Camp Dragon" summer enrichment program, funded by ESSER dollars. We can't wait to spend the next few weeks with them!

A big thank you to the Johnston Community School Foundation for generously donating money to purchase staff and student t-shirts! We love seeing our campers in their fun yellow shirts, having a great time.

Go Virtual with the Dragon Scholarship Fund Annual Auction

The Dragon Scholarship Fund Virtual Auction will be held from July 11 through July 18. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in the event from the comfort of your own home! Registration is free and 100% of the proceeds from the auction will be used to fund scholarships for Johnston graduating seniors.

Go to https://dsf2021.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse to register and have a chance to bid on all of the packages before the auction closes on July 18!

Board Highlights from July 12, 2021

The full agenda of the July 12, 2021 board meeting can be viewed here.


    • Johnston Fishing Club
    • Legislative Update
    • Insurance Premium Comparison for FY 22
    • First Reading of 2021-22 Employee Handbook Changes


    • Approval of Ridgedale Heights Neighborhood Boundary Change
    • Approval of Pan O’Gold Bread Bid for 2021/2022
    • Approval of Superintendent Contract (5 min.)
    • Approval of Special Ed Request for Additional FTE


    Superintendent Laura Kacer provided the board with an overview of the work the Teaching & Learning department will be focusing on this year. These are areas of work done with staff throughout the buildings. The five focus areas are the Danielson Framework, Professional Learning Communities, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), Curriculum Review, and Standards-based Mindset. Kacer will do a deep dive of each of these focus areas over the year.


    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. All public comments must be read in person and will no longer be accepted electronically. The board meetings are livestreamed and available on demand at https://team1sports.com/johnston/. August board meetings are scheduled for August 2 and 16, both beginning 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.