School board updated on new evaluations
The St. James Board of Education heard an update on changes to curriculum and teacher evaluation on November 21. John Lewis, of the Regional Professional Development Center, spoke to the board about these changes and how it will affect the district beginning next year.
Sewer improvements are being made by city
The city of St. James is currently working to improve the sewer system, as required by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). New ultraviolet equipment is being installed at the wastewater treatment plant and construction should be completed prior to the April 1 deadline.
Work is well under way on school projects
Construction at John F. Hodge High School and at the football field and track is well under way. Brock Miller Construction is building new offices and a secure entryway at the rear of the high school and ATG Sports is also working on the field, bringing in fill dirt and leveling it in preparation for concrete and drainage work in the next week.
St. James Christmas events set for December 7
The St. James Chamber of Commerce will once again host the annual Christmas parade and Santa visits. Planned for December 7 at 5 p.m. this year’s parade theme will be “Christmas Characters.” Floats and parade participants are still being accepted and signups are available at the St. James Chamber and Tourist Information Center.
Dreadful day in Dallas recalled
With the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination coming on Friday, Nov. 22, those who lived during that time are reflecting on the impact it had on their lives. Barb Smith, a history teacher for 31 years, remembers very clearly what it was like to live through that time and, over her career, learned more of those events and how they shaped the country.
Students gather 4,000 food items
All three schools in the St. James district have been participating in their annual canned food drives. Lucy Wortham James Elementary School completed its drive last Friday, to great success. Donations are going to the St. James Caring Center to assist with their holiday feeding program.