St. James News
SJMS teacher earns state VFW award
Janet Barlar, sixth-grade language teacher at St. James Middle School, has been named the Missouri VFW Teacher of the Year. She will receive the award, which is given annually to teachers for their outstanding commitment in teaching patriotism to their students, during a banquet ceremony on February 1 in Jefferson City.
SJMS classrooms may be completed by April
Construction at the middle and high schools is moving ahead on schedule. So far, very few issues have been encountered and the district remains on time and on budget for completion of the project.
Chamber giving honors Friday
The St. James Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual dinner and awards ceremony on Friday at Matt’s Steakhouse. Every year, the Chamber recognized citizens, businesses, and organizations for their many contributions made throughout the year. This year’s keynote speaker is Walter Branson, vice chancellor of Finance and Administration at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
School announces long-range plans
Representatives from Ittner Architectural Leadership presented the final district-wide facilities master plan to the St. James Board of Education on January 16. The plan outlines immediate and long-term facilities needs that will be used by the district to improve its facilities over the next 15 to 20 years. Planning involved meeting with staff and residents to determine what areas of improvement the district should tackle and what needs were most necessary moving forward.
New school resource officer now on duty
St. James schools have a new resource officer. Officer Roy Bell will step in to serve at the schools after discussions to bring the position back to the district. Bell will serve the schools for 10 months a year, the St. James Police Department for a month and a half and get vacation for the remaining weeks.