The newly constructed gymnasium at John F. Hodge High School has been named after long-time educator and former district athletic director Phil West. A ceremony was held during basketball games on Wednesday, February 24, to recognize West for all he has done to serve students during his 29-year educational career and St. James athletics.
The St. James School District announced two teachers will be taking administrative roles next year and another will join an intern program designed to give administrative experience.
The city of St. James has received a grant to expand its recycling program and plans on having recycle bins available for citizens to use in the coming months. Grant money was awarded through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management will provide money for the city to purchase 1,000 new recycling bins to add to the current program.
Mayor Rick Krawiecki gave an update on Friday to address concerns about high utility bills due to the cold weather event that led to increased natural gas costs to the city. The city anticipates receiving the full impact of the additional cost in mid-March.
Earl Bodyn, of the Walmart Distribution Center #6069, presented St. James Schools Athletic Director Greg Harlan with a $2,000 donation on February 4. The money was raised through the Miles for Smiles program, an employee run program aimed at raising money for local school districts through safe driving, and will be used by the district to support student programs.