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JPS To Form Committee Over Use Of ‘Red Raider’ Name

Pictured is the current JHS logo on the back of the high school building. P-J photo by Cameron Hurst

A committee of “students, parents, staff and community members” is being formed to look closely at the district’s nickname, the “Red Raider.”

Dr. Kevin Whitaker, Jamestown Public Schools superintendent, released the following statement Monday:

“Given today’s climate and the important issues revolving around equity, it is vital that our community knows that we hear their concerns regarding the JHS logo, imagery and name. The voicing of these concerns creates an opportunity for JPS to hear, and work to understand, all points of view on the issues raised. It is also an invaluable educational lesson for our children to see our community come together to collaboratively work through an issue of community concern.

“JPS is launching a community conversation regarding this issue. We have formed a committee of students, parents, staff and community members to hear stakeholder feedback. We are committed to seeing this process through. The subsequent introduction of legislation regarding this issue does not change our goal – to hear all sides of the issue and collaborate on a solution as a community.

“As the logo and name have been a long-standing tradition at JHS, this cannot be an overnight solution. We hope by talking about concerns and viewpoints in a committee format, we will find a way to bridge understanding and create an outcome that will make everyone feel heard in the process.”

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