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 …

May 13, 2019

April and May are two of the busiest months of the year for central office personnel. For me, it includes keeping up with the hiring season, monitoring the status of the current year budget, working with building administrators and directors on improvement plans for next year, and developing the preliminary budget that will start in July. There is much work …

May 6, 2019

There is much conversation in today’s educational communities about providing improved choices for students within our public schools. Student choice can most easily be stated as providing students with opportunities to find their passion and prepare them for post-secondary life; whether that be immediately entering the workforce, attending technical training, joining the military, or pursuing higher education. I would like …

April 29, 2019

Expectations for public school teachers across our great nation continue to become more and more complex and demanding. As demanding as we may feel things have become, little has changed over the years in the level of expectations of our teachers. I ran across a teacher contract from 1923 and it was quite entertaining. Teachers only had to adhere to …

April 22, 2019

Last week, we were extremely fortunate to welcome Mr. Ron Giesler back to St. James R-I Schools. I had the opportunity to spend a few moments visiting with Ron and was able to learn much about what he has been doing over the past few years. The 1985 graduate of John F. Hodge High School has been traveling to Montana …

April 15, 2019

Five years ago, the leadership at St. James Schools made a critical decision to bring Capturing Kids Hearts into our schools. This program brings in a transformational process which yields results through leadership, clear expectations, accountability, and the modeling of desired outcomes. These skills, which comprise the Capturing Kids Hearts Process, can turn problem classrooms into problem solving centers of …

April 8, 2019

Last week the patrons within the boundaries of the St. James R-I School District voted to re-elect four accomplished and dedicated board members. Carl Behr, Justin Sybert, Tina Spurgeon, and Tim Wilson were re-elected to continue to serve on the Board of Education. Carl and Tina will serve three-year terms expiring in 2022, while Justin and Tim will complete two …

April 1, 2019

The calendar indicated that Spring officially started on March 20. It appeared the weather was going to cooperate with the calendar a couple weeks ago, but the past few chilly days caused a slight delay. A thorough review of the extended forecast indicates there are no intense or prolonged cold spells or any real prospect of accumulating snow, so I …