St. James News
School lunch costs going up
During their meeting on May 15, the St. James Board of Education heard from Food Services Manager Linda Webster, who gave an update on new lunch policies the district has been conducting this year. As the state has had stricter policies on healthier lunches, costs for food are rising and Webster acknowledged a seven-cent increase will be needed next year.
Local kids participated in Lego World Championship
Members of St. James Junior First Lego League participated in a World Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis at the end of April. Three of the six-team members participated, winning the “Simply Awesome Machines” award.
Seniors about to start final week
The school year is drawing to a close and St. James seniors have a few loose ends to tie up before graduation. Students will be busy these last few days of school.
Speech students compete at state
Three John F. Hodge High School Speech and Debate students attended district competitions and qualified for state. They recently attended the state competition, bringing home some great results. Caleb Jones, Victoria Stroup, and Austin Naber competed at the University of Missouri in Columbia against schools much larger than St. James.
Electric rate increase approved
The St. James City Council approved a three percent rate increase for electricity during Monday night’s regular May meeting. Aldermen have been discussing the need for a rate increase in recent months to keep up with the debt service for the Phelps substation and they passed an ordinance to reflect the cost.