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Decision On JPS Graduation Likely In Early June

Seniors at Jamestown High School pictured at their 2019 graduation ceremony at Chautauqua Institution. P-J file photo

A decision on how commencement ceremonies for Jamestown High School seniors will look this year is expected to be announced in early June.

Dr. Bret Apthorpe, Jamestown Public Schools superintendent, said Friday during his weekly Facebook Live session with students and parents that graduation information will come following a discussion with seniors and Dana Williams, high school principal. That meeting will take place June 1, so Apthorpe expects a formal announcement to come June 2.

“My criteria, and they are non-negotiable, are one, it has to be safe. And two, it has to be accessible to every kid. Every senior has to be able to participate.”

The superintendent said he is eager is see what the seniors and Williams come up with at their upcoming meeting. He said there has been positive feedback about possibly holding graduation — originally scheduled for Friday, June 26, at Chautauqua Institution — at Strider Field in Jamestown. The facility, Apthorpe said, offers an open-air venue with plenty of space to spread out.

The goal is to keep the same date already scheduled due to plans made by relatives of seniors.

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