St. James News

District eying insurance options due to rising costs

    The St. James Board of Education is seeking health insurance options after hearing an update on healthcare costs. Superintendent Dr. Merlyn Johnson spoke to the board on November 21 about the rising cost of healthcare, $383,000 in assessment fees due to settle unpaid health insurance claims, and what options the district has as part of a health insurance consortium.

School board accepts annual audit report

    The St. James Board of Education met on Thursday, November 21 to discuss topics pertaining to the district. During the meeting, the board,
    • Heard an audit report from district auditor Mike Catlett, who reported there were no findings in this year’s report and the finding from last year has gone away. The board approved the audit findings.

Community rallied to put Tigers wrestlers into their new home

    Thirteen years in and the St. James High School wrestling team finally has a home to call its own.
    The Tigers wrestling program has been the gypsy of St. James High School athletics in its 13 years of existence, moving from one practice facility to another on a near-regular basis over the past several seasons. This season St. James wrestlers will be in its fifth practice facility in the past seven years.

District discusses consulting for development plan

    Superintendent Dr. Merlyn Johnson presented the St. James Board of Education with an option to work with FirED UP Consulting Group for on a Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) on Thursday. The goal would be to create a guide for the district’s decisions over the next five years, including action steps to realize those goals.

Blue to march in Macy’s Day parade

    St. James High School senior Kaitlin Blue has been selected to march in the Macy’s Day parade on Thanksgiving Day. Blue auditioned over the summer and was selected to be one of hundreds of high school students to perform for one of the most recognized annual events nationally.