JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of Febuary 10, 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

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Mark Your Calendars: 2020-21 Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-12 Registration

2020-21 online school registration opens in February for both new and existing families – this will include 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 opens February 5 @ 8 a.m. (Online and in-person)
  • 4-year-old preschool registration opens February 12 @ 8 a.m. (Online and in-person)
  • Developmental Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration opens February 19 (Online)
  • Grades 1-12 registration opens 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 10, 2020

The full agenda and minutes of the February 10, 2020 board meeting can be viewed here.


New Club Request - JMs Girls Lacross Club (Glax)

CIP Plan Sharing (Lawson and JHS)

ESSA Accountability and Support

Hybrid Delivery System for PE

Alternative Options for Senior Course Loads

First Reading of Policy 300 - Role of School District Administration

First Reading 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
First Reading of Policy 303.1 Administrative Positions (Cabinet)
First Reading of Policy 302 Superintendent of Schools
First Reading of Policy 301.1 Management


Approval of Out-Of-State Travel Request to Lawrence, KS (approved)

Approval of Out-Of-State Travel Request to Meeker, CO (approved)

Approval of Home School Liaison from Hourly to 0.55 FTE (approved)

Approval of New Club - SMS GSA Club (approved)

Approval of New Club - JMS and JHS March for our Lives Club (approved)

Approval of Policy 501.5 Attendance Center Assignment (approved)
Approval of Policy 603.1 Basic Instruction Program (approved)
Approval of Policy 905.1 Community Use of School Facilities & Equipment (approved)
Approval of Policy 206.4 Treasurer (approved)
Approval of Policy 707.5 Internal Controls (approved)
Approval of Regulation 707.5R1 Internal Controls Procedures (approved)
Approval of Policy 705.7 Credit Cards/Procurement Cards


Superintendent Laura Kacer reported on Goal #5: Increased Engagement. Laura shared her visits with new teachers (new to district, new to teaching). During her rounds, she asks questions related to their transition to Johnston and she shared their feedback with the board.


Board meetings are held at the district office, located at 6510 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston. The remaining February board meetings will take place on Feb. 24, 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.