St. James Board of Education member Barb Smith announced last week she is resigning from the board due to health issues. The board will now look to fill the vacant seat.
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The St. James Class of 2021 spent their final moments together as a class during the graduation ceremonies held on Friday, May 21. Held at the multipurpose complex, the event featured speeches by this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, as well as words from John F. Hodge High School Principal Joe Stammers.
The St. James Board of Education heard an update an update on Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund money the district is receiving to aid with COVID-19 relief. Superintendent Dr. Merlyn Johnson explained how the money will impact St. James Schools during the May meeting of the board.
During his weekly update, St. James Mayor Rick Krawiecki clarified some rumors regarding the increased gas charges municipal customers will have to pay over the next three years due to the February winter freeze. The utility board chose to spread out the additional cost of purchasing natural gas off the spot market to make it easier on customers and Krawiecki said there was some confusion about the charges.
Phelps County Bank (PCB) has again given a grant of $6,000 to the St. James School District to be used for classroom needs. As part of a School-Business Partnership, PCB gives money annually to help give teachers additional funds for classroom projects, field trips, and to help with other costs.