Public Involvement Encouraged

Board Meeting

JMS students presented a video at a 2016 board meeting.

As a public school district, the Johnston Board of Education sees great value in the opinions and feedback of district stakeholders. The public is encouraged to attend Board meetings and share their ideas with the Board. A time is set aside early at each meeting for the purpose of giving the public an opportunity to speak.

The Johnston Board of Education meetings are generally held at 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month (except in March, December and July when only one monthly meeting is held) at the Administrative Resource Center, 5608 Merle Hay Rd., Johnston, Iowa.

Special meetings may be called to conduct business which cannot be deferred until the next regular session. Public notice of regular or special meetings of the board shall be provided by posting the agenda on a bulletin board at the site of the Board Meeting at the Administrative Resource Center. Agendas will also be posted on the website for public view twenty-four hours prior to a board meeting.

2018-19 Board Meeting Dates

August 06. 2018 August 27, 2018
September 10, 2018 September 24, 2018
October 08, 2018 October 22, 2018
November 05, 2018 November 19, 2018
December 10, 2018
January 14, 2019 January 28, 2019
February 11, 2019 February 25, 2019
March 11, 2019
April 08, 2019 April 22, 2019
May 06, 2019 May 20, 2019
June 10, 2019 June 24, 2019
July 15, 2019

To see a complete meeting listing, including closed, exempt, special, work sessions, and committee meetings, view the eBoards website listing.

Board Meeting Procedures

Formal action on all items under consideration by the Board of Education must be approved during Open Session. Formal action on agenda items demands that a quorum be present (at least four members). The President of the School Board is entitled to vote on all issues. With appropriate public notice, closed (or executive) sessions may be conducted to allow the Board to consider matters listed in Iowa law. Confidential or personnel matters, negotiations strategy, current or imminent lawsuits, and some real estate purchases are among the items which may be discussed in closed sessions. All regular and special meetings are open to the public. Prior to each meeting, a board agenda is placed online for board, administration, staff and public to view.

Minutes of the Board Meeting are recorded by the Board Secretary who also conducts roll call votes and the annual election of Board officers. Minutes of the previous meetings are provided for each meeting, along with the current agenda. The minutes represent official actions taken by the Board, but do not include verbatim transcripts of conversations and discussions from each meeting. View minutes of past meetings.

General agenda

The prepared agenda generally proceeds as follows:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Agenda Approval
  3. Recognition of Visitors/Public Comments
  4. Commendations
  5. Board Reports
  6. Consent Agenda
  7. Staff Reports
  8. Action Items
  9. Communications/Correspondence
  10. Upcoming Meetings/Important Dates
  11. Adjournment

To be on the agenda

Staff members and citizens of the community who wish to be placed on the agenda to present a recommendation, request, or information must submit a request via phone call at 278-0470 or in writing to:

Ms. Laura Kacer, Interim Superintendent
Johnston Community School District
P.O. Box 10
Johnston, Iowa 50131

Requests should include name, address, telephone number, organization represented, purpose of the presentation and pertinent background information. The request must reach the Superintendent by noon on the previous Wednesday for the upcoming Monday meeting.

Presenting at meetings

Please stand in front of the audience seating. Please state your name, address, and organization you are representing. An additional printed copy of what you present is appreciated by the Board Secretary. Although the Board encourages citizen presentations, it must also be understood that board members may or may not comment or take action immediately on requests. Inquiries are directed to the Superintendent, who will investigate the matter and report as quickly as possible to the citizens and to the Board of Education. If action is called for, the matter will usually be placed on the agenda for the next regular meeting of the Board of Education.

If you have questions or concerns regarding district matters, it is best to first speak to your child’s classroom teacher or the administrator who is closest to the situation. From there, necessary concerns can be brought to the Superintendent. Any unresolved concerns would thereafter be addressed by the School Board.