The Jamestown Human Rights Commission agreed to increase community involvement at a recent meeting.
Following reports of an incident of bullying at Jamestown Public Schools that were presented to the Jamestown Public Schools Board last week, the Human Rights Commission has determined that it would be beneficial for members of the committee are present at various meetings and events throughout the city.
Kimberly Knight, who is both a member of the Human Rights Commission and a teacher at Jamestown Public Schools, asked other members of the committee to consider joining her at the next school board meeting on 25 October, following reports from parents presenting their concerns to the Jamestown Public Schools Board.
Knight said the parents felt “unwelcome” at the meeting and were unhappy with the way school board members handled their concerns about bullying issues in the school district.
As a result, Knight explained that she plans to attend the next board meeting to lend support to the Human Rights Commission on behalf of concerned parents in the community.
The other members of the Human Rights Commission also expressed interest in attending the next school board meeting, prompting a lengthy discussion about how the Human Rights Commission could find ways to develop increased involvement in the community by participating in various municipal meetings and events.
The committee concluded that it would be beneficial to both the community and the Human Rights Commission if some committee members attended Jamestown Public School Board meetings and some city council meetings. By attending the meetings, the committee hopes to send a message to the community that the Human Rights Commission is ready to play a more active role in helping the people of Jamestown and representing the rights of every resident.
In addition to increasing community participation, the Human Rights Commission also discussed ways to make its meetings more productive and meaningful for city residents.
Due to several vacancies, the committee determined that it would be helpful if the Commission on Human Rights was reduced to eight members, with a meeting quorum of five members. Human Rights Commission Chairman Rev. Uvie Stewart Jr. said he would approach Mayor Eddie Sundquist with the committee’s request.
In addition, the Commission on Human Rights has proposed the idea of changing the day or time of meetings to better reflect the availability of its members’ schedules, with any changes to be discussed at a future meeting. .