Building For the Future

The Johnston Community School District has embraced student enrollment growth in multiple ways, such as expansions to current buildings and building new facilities. Below is a list of Equipment1building projects that have taken place and are planned for the future.

Beaver Creek Elementary
2001 – An addition was added to the production kitchen and student serving area along with an addition to the cafeteria.

Lawson Elementary
2011 – A south wing with nine additional classrooms with restrooms was added. Three classrooms were remodeled into two new art rooms. The old art room was remolded into a computer lab.  A controlled entrance was added to the main entrance. Carpet and lighting updates were also done in the existing building along with a fire sprinkler system throughout the building. During the Summer of 2012 the kitchen will be remolded to add a new student serving area. The new addition is heated and cooled with geothermal system.

Johnston 8/9 Middle School
2007 – A new kitchen and student serving area with a new cafeteria were added. The old cafeteria was remolded into a new media center along with a new administrative office with a controlled entrance. The new addition is heated and cooled with geothermal system.

2017 – The Johnston Middle School relocated to the former Johnston High School building (6501 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston) for the start of the 2017-18 school year as part of the four-stage facilities plan, approved in June 2013. The building underwent minor renovations to accommodate grades 8 and 9.

Johnston High School
2008 – An additional 17 classrooms, 2 new instrumental band rooms, student serving area and cafeteria addition were added. Also added was an 8,000 sq ft fitness center and new athletic office. The existing vocal and instrumental music rooms were remolded into two new vocal music rooms. The current family consumer science classroom was also remolded. The new addition is heated and cooled with geothermal system.

2017 – In June 2017, the new Johnston High School opened near the intersection of 100th and 62nd Ave . The new school is 369,000 square feet and features contemporary learning spaces, collaborative teaching and learning environments, a 1,200-seat auditorium, robust vocal and instrumental spaces, innovative Project Lead the Way classrooms, and much more. For complete information on the new high school, visit the Constructional Central webpage.

Summit 6/7 Middle School
2012 – Eight classrooms were added to the second floor of the east wing.

Timber Ridge Elementary
2013 – Two classrooms were added to each of the three community wings for a total of six classrooms.

Wallace Elementary
2018 – Wallace Elementary moved across NW 62nd Ave in 2018 and into the existing Johnston Middle School space. During the 2017-18 school year, the building underwent significant renovations to become the all-new Wallace Elementary (grades K-5) and an all-district early childhood learning center (Johnston Early Learning Academy).

Johnston Early Learning Academy
2018 – Early learning programs in Johnston for 2, 3, and 4-year-old children will now be housed under one roof at the all-new Johnston Early Learning Academy. Formerly, preschool classes were held in each elementary building and the community education building. As part of the Johnston Middle School renovation to Wallace Elementary and JELA, our littlest Dragons will now learn in state-of-the-art studio classrooms, with an abundance of natural light, indoor and outdoor playscapes, a full-size gym, and related arts classrooms.

Administrative Resource Center
2019 – The last leg of the long-term facilities project will be the move of the Administrative Resource Center (JCSD business offices) to the former Wallace Elementary. During the 2018-19 school year, the empty elementary school will undergo cosmetic and mechanical updates and re-open as the new district offices in late spring/early summer 2019.

Dragon Baseball and Softball Complex
2019 – In 2018, the Johnston Board of Education approved a ~$4.5 million update to the baseball and softball fields used by the Johnston Dragons. This update includes turf feilds, new seating, updated dugouts and warm-up areas, and team rooms. The project will begin after the 2018 season ends and be completed in time for the start of the 2019 season.