August 19, 2019

I want to thank the students, staff, parents and community members for the recent support demonstrated at the August 7 Groundbreaking Ceremony. Despite some rainfall prior to the event, we had an outstanding turnout. It was an enjoyable afternoon of celebrating this historic event for the future of St. James R-I School District and the students who will benefit because …

August 12, 2019

As we enter into a new school year, I am excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead. We continue to build a strong foundation based on great teachers and staff, a supportive Board, and an engaged community. The week before students arrive, our educational staff participates in professional development days to learn, share their expertise, and collaborate with each …

August 8, 2019

The 2019-2020 school year will begin next Wednesday, August 14. We are excited to welcome our students and staff back for another great year at St. James R-I Schools. This school year will be like no other due to the complexities of the building projects on the elementary and high school campuses. The renovation project at the high school will …

July 29, 2019

If you have been anywhere near the elementary and high school campuses the past few days, you will have noticed quite a deal of demo and dirt movement on the southeast side of the elementary school. The beloved elementary playground/basketball court area behind the elementary was the first thing to go. This area will be the site of the improved …

July 22, 2019

Evidence of forthcoming construction finally took place this past week! Fencing has been placed around portions of the high school and elementary in preparation for construction. Heavy equipment is starting to arrive on both campuses. BRANCO conducted pre-construction meetings with all subcontractors last Friday. Construction phasing and other details were conveyed to the contractors during these meetings. Presently, contractors are …

July 15, 2019

As the superintendent of schools, one of the most important responsibilities of mine is to develop and continue to foster strong relationships within our community. The success of our school district depends on building these positive relationships. Our school and community have always functioned as a highly cooperative team over the years, and we want it to remain this way …

June 17, 2019

In 1740, Ben Franklin recommended school libraries as essential elements in learning academies. In 1744, the Penn Charter School in Philadelphia designated the first known school library space within its school. In 1876, nineteen states had legislation passed allowing for the development of school libraries; 826 school libraries were reported during this year. In 1900, Mary Kingsbury, the first trained …

June 10, 2019

The St. James Board of Education is committed to the community, most importantly to our children and the spaces in which they learn and grow with us. However, we are also committed to serving the hard-working, dedicated constituents who entrust us to be responsible stewards of their resources and children’s future. The past few months have been challenging, but also …

June 3, 2019

The summer months are traditionally a busy time for maintenance and custodial work in schools. With students and staff on summer break, custodial crews and maintenance have the freedom to complete their work without many of the typical school day distractions. We will begin this break with many of the common projects that always take place each summer. Wes DeLuca …

May 27, 2019

We closed out the 2018-19 school year last Thursday, May 23. It’s hard to believe another school year has already ended. I want to thank our students, staff, parents, and community members for an incredible year. On May 19, 112 outstanding students earned their diploma from John F. Hodge High School. Many people, most importantly our families and educators, have …