Superintendent Dr. Merlyn Johnson spoke to the St. James Board of Education on Thursday, December 19, informing them of a failed attempt to leave the South Central Education Consortium (SCEC), a self-funded insurance consortium made up of local school districts. The district has seen a rise in the cost of health insurance and assessment fees in recent years and Johnson had hoped to get enough votes to dissolve the consortium.
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The St. James Board of Education heard an update on next year’s calendar as work to develop it by a calendar committee nears completion. Committee members, made up of teachers, board members, and members of the community, have been working on finalizing next year’s calendar and the board agreed they are in favor of the plan presented.
The St. James Sports Club wrapped and delivered hundreds of presents to needy children in the community over the weekend. Members held the annual Christmas present-wrapping party on Friday night and Santa delivered presents on Sunday morning.
Kristy Rich, of St. James, has been named new Commissioner of USA Softball of Missouri. She has a long history with the organization and will assume her new duties in January of 2020.
A large group of volunteers met at the Missouri Veterans Home-St. James (MVH) to lay wreaths at every headstone in the veterans cemetery on Saturday. Part of the Wreaths Across America program, the ceremony included honoring veterans across the nation who have served their country and now rest in one of the veterans cemeteries as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.