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.
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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.
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.
The St. James Utility Board met on Tuesday, April 14, and decided to raise sewer rates 10 percent beginning with June usage. New rates will be reflected on the July bill.
The St. James School District has tentatively announced prom will be held on Saturday, June 20, and graduation on June 28. These could be adjusted depending on when the state opens and the stay-at-home order is lifted.