A shortage of substitute teachers was a topic of conversation by the St. James Board of Education during its meeting held on August 20. It was reported the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has changed some of the rules to become a substitute teacher so districts can meet their needs.
St. James News
The St. James FFA and 4-H held a market animal show and sale Saturday and brought big money to those showing animals this year, raising more than $95,000. The event had been delayed due to the cancellation of the Grape and Fall Festival and changed sites, but turned out great for the participants.
The city of St. James held public hearings on plans to improve the wastewater treatment facility, the water and sewer system, and explain the new rate structure for municipal customers on August 18.
St. James students returned to school last week and made it four days before the district announced there was one middle school staff member who tested positive for COVID-19. Superintendent Dr. Merlyn Johnson said the district will be making weekly updates to keep families informed as the year gets underway.
Following a joint announcement on sports attendance guidelines released by the Four-Rivers Conference school a week earlier, the St. James School District has formally adopted its own requirements for fans wanting to attend home games. The guidelines include mandatory mask use for all indoor events.