The St. James high school FFA has rescheduled its first gigging tournament fundraiser for January 12. Signups and sponsors are still being accepted for the event, with participants competing for a chance to win monetary prizes while helping the program raise money for its annual activities. Inclement weather in December forced the event to be moved.
St. James News
It was a busy year for residents of St. James in 2018. Three Rivers Publishing put together the following review of the top stories of the year.
Cavender presented Lifetime Achievement Award
During this year’s annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner, Judy Cavender was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the betterment of the community. The award is one of the most prestigious awards the Chamber can give and celebrates a lifetime of helping and supporting others and making St. James a better place to live.
Filing for city and school boards opened on Tuesday, December 11 for those interested in running for a seat in the April 2, 2019 election and several candidates have already filed. There are seats open on the city council, school board, mayor, municipal judge, and ambulance district. Filing will remain open until January 15.
The St. James Board of Education met on Thursday, December 20 to discuss topics pertaining to the district. During the meeting, the board,
• Heard that every campus in St. James was nominated as a Capturing Kids Heart (CKH) Showcase School. St. James follows the CKH model of interacting with students, building relationships that provide more opportunities to engage and teach kids.
The St. James Board of Education heard an update on a health insurance consortium the district is a member of and voiced concerns over the rising cost of insurance due to high claims in recent years. Member districts have begun making a push for a wellness program designed to help staff take simple preventative steps to help raise health to combat those costs. Over the past three years, the number of claims have increased, leading to several districts leaving the consortium and straining those who have stayed.