St. James News

Watkins enjoys retirement by serving lunches to seniors

    Jean Watkins, who is well known in the community for her cooking, enjoys spending her retirement serving others at the St. James Senior Center. Watkins has operated several successful restaurants in St. James and has a reputation for her cooking talents. She enjoys using those skills to serve others.

Foundation makes donation to band boosters

Dr. Merlyn Johnson, of the St. James Area Community Foundation, presented a $1,000 grant from the foundation to band booster’s grant writer Marge Lynch, and booster vice president Shea McFarland. The money will be used to purchase much needed equipment for the Red Regiment Marching Band.

GFF seeking sponsors, parade applicants

    The 85th annual Grape and Fall Festival is quickly approaching and the St. James Chamber of Commerce is seeking corporate sponsorships and parade applicants. The deadline for sponsorship is quickly approaching for those wishing to be involved in this year’s event.

Board approves compensation plan for extra activities

    The St. James Board of Education approved a compensation plan for certificated staff who work job tasks that do not fall within their normal contract. This plan provides compensation for activities such as supervising off-campus district activities and professional development training on a non-contracted day.

Board discusses Cum Laude system

    The St. James Board of Education recently held discussion on replacing the Class Rank system with the Cum Laude system, beginning with the graduating Class of 2022. The Class Rank system highlights the top students and recognizes only the top two, valedictorian and salutatorian, as opposed to the Cum Laude system which is the same system used by universities.