JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of December 9, 2019

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.

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Board Highlights from December 9, 2019

The full agenda and minutes of the December 9, 2019 board meeting can be viewed here.


New Club Request - JMS GSA Club

CIP Plan Sharing (Wallace Elementary and Timber Ridge Elementary)

Certified Enrollment

City of Johnston Road Construction Update


Out of State Trip Request - Orlando, FL (approved)

Approval of Board Committee Appointments for 2019-2020 (approved)

Approval of School Budget Review Committee Application for Modified Supplemental Amount (MSA) for Increased Enrollment, Open Enrollment Out, and Limited English Proficient Beyond 5 Years of Weighting (approved)

Approval of the Course Selection Handbook (approved)
Approval of New Club - JMS Sewing Club (approved)
Approval of New Club - JMS Art Club (approved)

Audit Committee (approved)
Approval of Snyder & Associates, Inc. for Cross-Country Plan Professional Services (approved)
Approval of Johnston Community School District HVAC Equipment Replacement and Life Safety Upgrades Project (approved)
Approval of Additional Preschool Staffing (approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer shared Goal #6: Culture of Coaching. Laura shared the work administrators are engaging in to improve their own leadership abilities. Jim Verlengia and Doug Stilwell (Heartland AEA) are facilitating leadership sessions for the group. Verlengia shared insights so far and what he hopes this group will do with their leadership development.


Greg Ehm, JCS Foundation member and OLE chair, gave the board an overview of the JHS Outdoor Learning Environment project - how it started, the work that's been done, the many classes/students/teachers involved in the process, funding for the $25,000 project, and next steps. JHS science teachers Sarah Kate Howe and Kyla Burns shared their vision for the project and excitement for use come next spring when the project is complete.


Board meetings are held at the district office, located at 6510 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston. January board meetings will take place on January 13 and 27, 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.