State Education Department Commissioner Visiting Jamestown High School Today

The commissioner of New York state’s Education Department will visit Jamestown High School today from 5-7 p.m. for a forum co-hosted by Jamestown Public Schools and Jamestown Community College.

Commissioner John King, along with Board of Regents Chancellor Emeritus Bennett, will hold a public educational forum in which educators, parents and community members are invited to discuss the Common Core Learning Standards and the New York State Board of Regents’ reform agenda.

Tim Mains, JPS superintendent, said the visit is noteworthy for Chautauqua County because this will be the first time King has set foot inside one of its school districts.

“Prior to last year, no one can remember the last time a commissioner has come to Chautauqua County,” Mains said. “(King) was here last year to talk to the Chautauqua County School Boards Association, but he hasn’t actually visited any schools.”

The forum will be open to the general public, and the JHS auditorium accommodates 1,200 attendees.

Audience members wishing to speak or ask questions during the forum may do so by signing up at the event. Audience members who are unable to speak due to time constraints may submit written comments to the commissioner.

Marcia Merrins of the League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County will facilitate the forum.