JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of October 7, 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.

District News & Announcements

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District Conducts Radon Testing at All Sites

Following board approval in August 2019, all Johnston Community School District sites are having radon testing conducted by Terracon as a proactive measure.

Radon testing at school sites has been discussed legislatively for several years, but has not passed to be legally required as there has not been any funding associated with the possible requirement. Radon testing is required for preschool age children and has been done each year at Johnston for rooms with preschool or after school daycare rooms. Read more about radon testing here.

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 October 7

The full agenda and minutes of the October 7, 2019 board meeting can be viewed here.


Cross County Course Report


Approval of Out-of-State Travel to Orlando, FL (approved)

Approval of Out-of-State Travel for Speech and Debate Team (approved)

Approval of New Club - JHS Steppers (approved)

Approval of 2020-21 Academic Calendar (Tabled for Oct. 21 meeting)

Approval of Certificate of Substantial Completion for JHS Adaptive Reuse-Phase 3 (approved)

Approval of Certificate of Substantial Completion for the Johnston Baseball and Softball Complex (approved)

Approval of Johnston Baseball and Softball Complex Change Orders (approved)

Approval of Wallace Adaptive Reuse to Johnston Administration Building Change Orders (approved)

Publication of Notice of Hearing and Posting of the Notice to Bidders for HVAC Equipment Replacement and Life Safely Upgrades Project (approved)

Approval of Additional Special Education FTE (approved)


2019-20 Goals: Goal #2: Professional Learning Alignment. Supt. Kacer reviewed the October 4 Staff Professional learning with education and behavior experts Brian Mendler and Jessica Minahan.


Board meetings will now be held at the new district office, located at 6510 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston. The remaining October board meeting is on Monday, Oct. 21, starting at 6 p.m.

There will be a board candidate forum on Tuesday, October 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Wallace Auditorium (6207 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston). This is an opportunity for the public to get to know the nine board candidates before the Nov. 5 election.


Persons are encouraged to send questions, comments and suggestions to our board members. Each board member can be reached by email: Greg Dockum; Jill Morrill; Justin Allen; Deb Henry; Steven Hopper; Dr. Jeanie Kerber; and Marci Cordaro.

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.