JHS assistant principal Conway submits resignation

School District superintendent said the resignation is not related to the incident at a Jan. 31 basketball game.

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John Conway, Jamestown High School assistant principal, submitted his letter of resignation Thursday, Feb. 16.
Kathy Steiner / The Jamestown Sun file photo

JAMESTOWN – Jamestown High School Assistant Principal John Conway submitted his letter of resignation Thursday, Feb. 16, according to Rob Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools.

Conway wrote in his resignation that he does not feel he “can adequately fulfill all job responsibilities any longer” due to the demands of the office.

“Approval of the resignation and release from contract would be effective immediately,” Lech said in an email to The Jamestown Sun. “ … this is not related to the January 31 game or a result of the investigation.”

Conway requested in his letter of resignation to meet with administration on five non-school days (weekend or evenings) “to transition facilities knowledge and responsibilities, update information systems and transition program responsibilities.”

“Thank you for the past 34 years of being part of this great school system,” he wrote.


Lech said any resignation and release from a contract with the school district requires Jamestown Public School Board action. The school board’s next scheduled meeting is at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the Thompson Community Room at Jamestown Middle School.

Jamestown Public School District officials are investigating the procedure of how the issue was handled when racial taunts and actions were made during a basketball game Jan. 31 between the Blue Jays and Bismarck High School. Racial slurs and actions were made to two basketball players from Bismarck High School during the game.

Lech said nobody has been terminated as a result of the investigation into the incident of the Jan. 31 basketball game. He said a “contemplated discharge” also requires action by the school board.

Lech said in an email sent to parents earlier this week that the investigation could take up to 60 days to complete. The school district began investigating the incident the evening of Jan. 31.

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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