Portell named GFF queen - PHOTO GALLERY
The 81st Annual Grape and Fall Festival officially began Wednesday night, with Hayley Lynn Portell being crowned Miss St. James during the queen pageant, which was held at St. James Middle School. Portell was one of seven candidates vying for the crown.
School district welcomes many new teachers
St. James schools are back in session and 16 new faculty members have joined the district. Twelve new teachers and four office personnel have joined throughout each of the three buildings.
School test scores drop some, but remain high overall
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released report cards for Missouri’s public school districts. St. James schools remained very similar to how it has performed in recent years, but school officials are adjusting to new rating criteria and hope to improve those scores.
Huffman resigns from school board
The St. James Board of Education accepted Gary Huffman’s resignation from the board during a special session on Friday. Huffman signed a letter of resignation due to health concerns and the board will look to find a replacement until the next local election.
Nice crowd attends library forum
Library board members and city officials held a public forum Tuesday at the James Memorial Public Library to discuss the upcoming vote on a library tax. A large group of residents attended the event to get their questions answered in regards to the proposed 30-cent per $100 assessed valuation issue to be voted on September 30.
City has refinanced pool bonds
The city of St. James has completed refunding pool bonds, saving a final value of approximately $232,000 over the next 15 years. After working for more than a year to capitalize on low interest rates, city officials have completed the process, issuing $1,675,000 of bonds to refund bonds that were associated with the construction of the pool complex.