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Grow Johnston!. April 2, 2008. Grow Johnston!. Agenda. Welcome and Introductions Johnston Development Activities Jim Sanders Johnston Community Schools Clay Guthmiller Pioneer Expansion Mark Miller and Steve Schroeder 2008 JEDCO Activity Update Reception and Networking!. JOHNSTON.

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    1. Grow Johnston! April 2, 2008

    2. Grow Johnston! Agenda • Welcome and Introductions • Johnston Development Activities • Jim Sanders • Johnston Community Schools • Clay Guthmiller • Pioneer Expansion • Mark Miller and Steve Schroeder • 2008 JEDCO Activity Update • Reception and Networking!

    3. JOHNSTON Presented by Jim Sanders City Administrator City of Johnston Johnston Development Forum April 2, 2008

    4. Population Growth

    5. Commercial Development • 2007 Activity • 7 New Permits • 29 Additions or Alterations • Approved Site Plans for 170,393 square feet

    6. Development Sites

    7. 2006 Annexations • Annexed more than 577 acres to accommodate future growth.

    8. 2008 Annexation • 837.52 Acres • Annexes properties east and west of NW 100th Street and north to Camp Dodge.

    9. Public Improvement Plans

    10. Residential Development • 2007 • 130 Single Family permits issued. 116 New lots created. • 68 Townhome/Condo permits issued. 0 New lots created. • 0 Multi-family permits issued. 0 New lots created.

    11. Residential Building Permits

    12. Economic Development Incentives Tax Increment Financing Districts

    13. Intended to provide a framework to launch the redevelopment of the Mixed Use Center located along Merle Hay Road from NW 62nd Avenue to NW 66th Avenue. 

    14. MHR Redevelopment This vision suggests a “town center” concept in the northeast corner of NW 62nd Avenue/Merle Hay Road intersection, new medium and high density residential areas as well as new office/commercial areas in the corridor. ”

    15. JOHNSTON www.cityof johnston.com www.growjohnston.com

    16. Johnston Community School District Our Mission: Preparing our community of learners for a changing world by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to be responsible, contributing citizens committed to excellence.

    17. Who we are We serve the community of Johnston as well as parts of Urbandale, Des Moines and the surrounding rural areas of Grimes and Granger.

    18. Johnston School District Boundary

    19. Statistics at a glance • 5,723 students from Kindergarten to 12th grade • 795 employees • 435 certified teachers • Geographic area covers 40 square miles • General fund budget of 42 million dollars • 14th largest school district in the state of Iowa • Fourth largest employer in Johnston • Average elementary class size is 20-25 • Average middle school class size is 24-27 • Changing demographics • increase percentage of ELL students • increase percentage free/reduced eligible

    20. Facilities • Elementary schools (K-5) • Lawson – built in 1958, renovated in 1997 • Wallace – built in 1988, addition built in 1990 • Beaver Creek – built in 1997 • Horizon – built in 2001 • Timber Ridge – opened in fall 2007 Lawson Wallace Timber Ridge Horizon BeaverCreek

    21. Facilities • Two Middle Schools • Summit (6/7) – built in 2004 • Middle School (8/9) – built in 1985, addition built in 1991, renovated in 2007 Middle School Summit

    22. Facilities • High school • Johnston High School (10-12) – built in 1973, • Addition built in 1978 and in 1994, • New addition (12 classrooms, upgraded music facilities, • new fitness center, expanded cafeteria) to open in Fall • of 2008 High School

    23. Facilities • Other facilities • State-of-the-art stadium • Indoor pool • Baseball/softball fields • Eight tennis courts Stadium Summit Pool Tennis Courts Softball Field Baseball Field

    24. Student Activities/Athletics Johnston High School (10-12) & Johnston Middle School (9) • Band (Concert, Pep, Jazz, Marching, Color Guard) • Mock Trial • Academic Competitions • Art Club • Spanish Club • Leadership Camp • French Club • Safety Club • Student Council • Drama (Plays, Individual Speech, Large Group Speech) • Technology Student Association • Year Book/Newspaper Staff • National Honor Society • Students Against Driving Drunk (S.A.D.D.) • T.L.C. (Team Leadership Connection) • Diversity committee • Gay-Straight Alliance Club • Chess Club • Vocal Music (Concert Choir, Freshmen Chorus, Mixed Chorus, “Sound Advice” and “Innovation” Show Choirs) • Athletics: Fencing , Football, Volleyball, Cross-Country, Basketball, Wrestling, Swimming, Track, Golf, Tennis, Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Bowling, Cheerleading and Dance Team Summit Middle School & Johnston Middle School (8) • Vocal Music (Swing and Show Choirs) • Band (Concert & Jazz) • Mock Trial • Odyssey of the Mind • French Club • Leadership Camp • Art Club • Student Council • Technology Student Association • Outdoor Education Camp • Athletics: Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Wrestling, Track, Softball, Dance Team, Cheerleading, Jogger’s Club, Cross-Country, Bowling and Swimming Elementary Fifth grade band

    25. Student Transportation • Presently, the district provides 100% bus transportation free of charge. • Open enrolled students are responsible for their own transportation to and from school. • Routes are based upon number of riders. • During the fall of 2007, the district contracted Management • Partnership Services (MPS) to give an outside evaluation of • the transportation department. MPS recommended the district: • Continue with in-house services • Consider walk zones with reasonable walk distance policies • Consider bell time changes in afternoon to improve services • Develop and support a realistic fleet replacement schedule

    26. ITBS/ITED On the 2006-2007 ITBS/ITED tests the following percentage of students who were in Johnston at least one year, were proficient or higher:In Reading Grades 3-5 91.8% Grade 6-8 84.2% Grade 11 82.4%In Math Grades 3-5 92.7% Grades 6-8 89.6% Grade 11 89.1%In Science Grades 3-5 90.2% Grades 6-8 87.8% Grade 11 88.6% ITBS/ITEDNational School Norms 2006-2007

    27. How do scores of Johnston students compare to state and national ACT scores? A score of 20 or higher on the 36-point scale for the ACT test indicates probable success in college. 404 Johnston students took the test in 2006-2007 and 81% of them scored 20 or above. The results compared to state and national scores are as follows: English Math Reading Science Composite ReasoningNational 20.6 20.8 21.4 20.9 21.1State 21.6 21.8 22.5 22.1 22.1Johnston 22.5 22.6 23.6 23.3 23.2

    28. Our High School Students • 90% college-bound • 121 course offerings for students • Advanced Placement (AP) courses are available in subjects such as Calculus AB and BC, Statistics, Computer Science, French, Spanish, English, Psychology, World History, American History, Biology, Physics and Chemistry • 22 National Merit Scholars over the past six years • Average 2 AP Scholars per year • Alternative high school programs through Metro West, DMACC, Drake, and Grand View

    29. How does our tax rate compare? • Surrounding School District Tax Rates - FY 09 Estimated • Southeast Polk $21.96 • Ankeny $19.59 • Des Moines $17.94 • Waukee $17.80 • Dallas Center-Grimes $17.50 • JOHNSTON $17.35 • Urbandale $16.28 • West Des Moines $13.70

    30. 2007-08 District Priorities Activities Opportunities for All Students Quality and Equity Curriculum Partners Business and Finance Fiscal Responsibility Planning and Managing for Enrollment Growth Internal Controls Multi-Year Planning Communications District Demographics Internal Communications School and Community Relations Media Relations Partnerships Curriculum and Instruction Textbooks and Supplementary Materials Alignment of Objectives – Materials – Assessments Focus on Standards and Benchmarks Instructional Strategies Educational Technology Facilities District Analysis Facilities Planning and Modernization Maintenance of Buildings and Grounds Safety and Security Personnel Attract and Retain Quality Personnel Highly Qualified Staff Effective Supervision and Evaluation Market Place Compensation Professional Development Individual and Organizational Growth Health and Wellness Professional Learning Communities School Improvement NCLB Student Performance and Character Development Focus on Continuous Improvement Research Based – Data Driven Building Based

    31. Current Renovation Projects • 8-9 Building – Cafeteria addition, Media Center, Administration, Nursing, Guidance • Johnston High School – 18 classrooms, Instrumental and Vocal Music addition, Physical Education/Fitness/Strength and Conditioning addition, Cafeteria addition, Family and Consumer Science renovation, Special Education renovation, Baseball and Softball dugout additions • Services Building – Expansion of bus garage to house Information Technology department, Buildings and Grounds and Maintenance department, district Receiving and Warehouse • Site Acquisition – Purchase of land for future facility • Elementary School Expansion – Additional classrooms and renovations at Wallace and Lawson Elementary Schools

    32. School District of Choice • People who move into the school district value education and actively seek out the best educational opportunities in the state (beyond test scores) • High expectations of students • Outstanding staff • High level of community/business support • Modern Facilities

    33. Quality is never an accident It is always the result of . . . • High intention • Sincere effort • Intelligent direction • Skillful execution

    34. Any Questions? For more information, call 278-0470 or visit our Web site at www.johnston.k12.ia.us. Clay Guthmiller, Superintendent 5608 Merle Hay Road Johnston, IA 50131 515-278-0470

    35. Grow Johnston! • The Pioneer Investment in Johnston • Presented By: • Mark Miller • Steve Schroeder Pioneer Hi-Bred Update

    36. Grow Johnston! • Data Center Upgrade • Johnston Greenhouse/Fast Corn Expansion • Parent Seed Facility Expansion • Administrative Office Expansion Pioneer Expansion

    37. Grow Johnston! • Increase server capacity needed • May be a DuPont regional data center • Facilities: $1,000,000 • Equipment: $2,000,000 Data Center Upgrade

    38. Grow Johnston! • 40,000 Square Feet • New proprietary technology - faster plant analysis and quicker movement of products to the market place • Facilities: $16,000,000 • Equipment: $4,000,000 Greenhouse/Fast Corn