State Education Commissioner to visit Jamestown Wednesday

JAMESTOWN – The commissioner of New York state’s Education Department will make his second trip in as many years to Chautauqua County this week.

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

The forum is being co-hosted by Jamestown Public Schools and James-town Community College, and will take place from 5-7 p.m. in the Jamestown High School auditorium. 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.