The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is planning a shutdown of the Highway 8 and Highway 68 junction in August, which the St. James Ambulance District reports will slow down emergency responses to the area. The district has established alternate routes to the area, but advises those contacting 911 should detail the best route to ensure quick responses.
St. James Schools Superintendent Tim Webster informed the Board of Education on July 21 that the district is applying for an Apple grant, which could replace aging technology in the district. The district uses MacBooks and iPads across most grade levels and this grant would provide a way to fund updated technologies.
The city of St. James is working to connect the Iron Works Bike Trail from its entrance near the Industrial Park all the way to Maramec Spring Park. City officials met with members of the Missouri Department of Conservation on July 20 to discuss building a crossing near Woodson K. Woods Memorial Conservation Area.
During its meeting last week, the St. James Board of Education heard preliminary plans on next month’s return of students to the classroom for the new school year. Plans currently are to return to full in-seat, normal school setting, but rising COVID-19 cases could change those plans if numbers continue trending in the wrong direction.
The St. James Board of Education has selected Larry Rinehart to fill a vacancy on the board following the resignation of Barb Smith earlier this year. Rinehart was one of three interviewed for the position and was chosen for his prior board experience.