Mission Statement

  • The St. James R-1 School District exists to create a passion for teaching and learning through relationship-building and a commitment to excellence – WHATEVER IT TAKES!

Contact Us

  • St. James Administration Office

    122 E Scioto Street
    St. James, MO 65559
    Phone: (573) 265-2300 (Option 4)
    Fax: (573) 265-6126

Dr. Merlyn Johnson

Phone: (573) 265-2300, option 4
Fax: (573) 265-6126

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Dr. Merlyn Johnson

Superintendent

Dr. Cathy Wells

Phone: (573) 265-2300, option 4
Fax: (573) 265-6126

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Dr. Cathy Wells

Assistant Superintendent

Cathy Wells was born in Paola, Kansas where both of her parents were raised. She started kindergarten in a building where her grandfather served as the principal. Outside school, she spent many hours “helping” her grandmother prepare for lessons in her rural school classroom. After a series of childhood moves following her father’s career, she became a St. James native in the 5th grade. She recalls the “family decision” that the St. James community and school system were good enough for dad to alter his career path to a local company so the family could establish roots. The rest is history...She graduated from high school, married her high school sweetheart, Lonny Wells, had two sons, Dallas and Dusty Wells, and then pursued a career in education herself.

Cathy graduated from Missouri S&T (then UMR) in 1994 with a degree in English and began her teaching career in a St. James High School classroom. She continued her education, earning a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri Columbia in Curriculum and Instruction in 1998. After several years in the classroom, Cathy began pursuing administrative degrees, earning a MS and Ed.S in Administration and eventually her Doctor of Education in 2013 from Missouri Baptist University.

In 2006, Cathy stepped out of the classroom part-time to serve as the A+ Coordinator and eventually left the classroom completely to assume Assistant Principal duties at both the high school and the middle school. She moved to the Central Office and began serving as Assistant Superintendent in July of 2015.

Education has always played an important role in Cathy’s life, and the future of the St. James School District is especially important to her. Cathy resides in rural St. James where she enjoys the community, spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

 Rebecca Ehrenreich

Phone: (573)261-3710
Fax: (573) 265-6126

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Rebecca Ehrenreich

Accounts Payable

 Misty Watson

Phone: (573)261-3711
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Misty Watson

Central Office Secretary

 Susan Douglas

Phone: (573)261-3705
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Susan Douglas

Bookkeeper

 Fay Scantlin

Phone: (573)265-2300
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Fay Scantlin

Special Services Administrative Assistant