District hears update on Walmart agreement

    On September 17, the St. James Board of Education heard that an agreement between the Walmart Distribution Center and the city of St. James has been reached and the district will continue to receive $350,000 annually. The district had been informed previously to expect a cut in funding through the agreement, which provides money in lieu of real estate taxes.

HS construction moving forward

    Eric Sherrill, of Branco Enterprises, Inc., gave an update on construction efforts at the John F. Hodge High School to the St. James Board of Education on September 17. He outlined where work stands and gave a timeline of when the new classrooms in the construction zone could be reopened for use.

Board discusses extracurricular activities

    The St. James Board of Education discussed extracurricular activities and how a 100 percent virtual environment would impact what activities students can participate in during a September 17 meeting of the board. The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) has made changes to its eligibility guidelines allowing students to continue to participate in extracurricular activities even if a district goes completely virtual.

Board approves SRO contract

    St. James schools will continue to have a School Resource Officer (SRO) after an agreement was reached for funding between the school district and the city. After months of negotiating, the agreement was approved by the St. James Board of Education on Thursday, September 17.