The St. James Board of Education may seek community participation to outline future needs of the St. James School District. After learning of bond savings of $350,000 to $400,000 the district could be refunded on a 2013 series bond, the district discussed future needs of campuses and what areas should be addressed moving forward during their regular August meeting of the board.
The St. James City Council met in special session on August 23 to approve the tax rate to be levied against city property owners for 2016. A public hearing was held prior to approval, with no citizen comment being heard.
The St. James Board of Education has agreed to a lease for the use of the St. James Christian Church parking lot. Bob Diestlekamp spoke to board members during Thursday nights meeting of the board, on behalf of the church and on the use of the lot during athletic events.
St. James resident and cancer survivor Cindy Wiggins donated 12 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a program designed to make wigs. This was the first haircut Wiggins has had in two years, with that haircut being the first since being diagnosed with cancer in 2012.
Members of the St. James Board of Education spoke to Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor Wes DeLuca about an update on the possibility of speed bumps near the school. DeLuca voiced his concern about adding them at this time without first trying other options.