St. James News

St. James businesses formulating plans for reopening

    Businesses in St. James have struggled throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Some were deemed non-essential and forced to close while others closed because of lack of customers due to the statewide stay-at-home order. Two examples of this are Bottega 19 Hair and Beauty Salon and RK Wild West Billiards.

School construction impacted by COVID-19

    Sean Thouvenot, of Branco Enterprises Inc., updated the St. James Board of Education on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting construction projects at the high and elementary schools. The biggest challenge, he said during the April 16 board meeting, is suppliers struggling to keep up with demand.

School board hears budget update

    During its meeting last week, the St. James Board of Education heard a budget update from Superintendent Dr. Merlyn Johnson, who spoke about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting budget planning. Budgets must be approved for the next fiscal year by June 30 and there is much uncertainty about how school shutdowns will affect districts statewide.