Committed to Safe Environments

The Johnston Board of Education and JCSD administrators are committed to providing all students, employees, officers, board directors, and volunteers with a safe and civil school and work environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect.

Harassment and/or bullying of students, employees, officers, board directors, and volunteers are against federal, state and local policy, and are not tolerated by the Johnston Board of Education. To that end, the board has in place policies, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment as well as processes and procedures to deal with incidents of bullying and harassment. Bullying and harassment of students, employees, officers, board directors, or volunteers by other students, or by others such as parents, vendors, and persons doing business with the school district, will not be tolerated in the school or school district.

Bullying and Harassment Policies

The following board policies outline the district’s philosophy and procedures for handling bullying and harassment issues.

Board Policy 104

Board Policy 104.R1 (procedures)

Complaint Form 104.E1

Witness Disclosure Form 104.E2

Respondent Form 104.E4

Disposition of Complaint Form 104.E3

An individual who believes that he/she has been harassed or bullied should notify a building or district administrator. The building principal (or designee), for harassment or bullying occurring at the school building level, and the superintendent (or designee), for harassment or bullying occurring at the district administration or board level, will assign an investigator. The investigator can be a supervisor, a building or district administrator, or a designated level 1 investigator for Chapter 102 complaints.

Chapter 102 Level One Investigators are:

Kevin Blackburn, Associate Principal
Summit Middle School

Lindsey Cornwell, Principal
Horizon Elementary

Laura Kacer, Director of Human Resources
Administrative Resource Center

Josh Morgan, Assistant Principal
Timber Ridge Elementary
Wallace Elementary

Suzie Pearson, Principal
Wallace Elementary

The district’s procedure in no way denies the right of a grievant to file formal complaints with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Federal Office of Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Iowa Department of Education for mediation or rectification of civil rights grievances, or to see private counsel for complaints alleging bullying, harassment, or discrimination.

The Executive Director of Human Resources is:
Laura Kacer
P.O. Box 10
5608 Merle Hay Road
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 278-0470