Superintendent: Riverview Gardens will run out of money this school year


by Staff

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 12:19 PM

( -- As Riverview Gardens works to pick a second school district to bus transferring students to, the question has been raised as to how the district will afford it.

But in the process we learned the more important question is, how will they pay for this?

The short answer, it seems, is that they can’t.

With the number of students applying to transfer, tuition and transportation will cost the district an extra $13 million- a 19 percent increase.

“Well quite honestly it’s not sustainable for either district; for Riverview nor Normandy district,” said superintendent Scott Spurgeon.

Both Riverview Gardens School District and Normandy School District are facing a requirement they can’t avoid but can’t afford either.

1,500 students from both schools have applied to transfer to Francis Howell and Mehlville School Districts. With hundreds fewer students in the Riverview schools, changes will have to be made.

Until the final number of students who apply to transfer is known, Riverview won’t know if they have to lay off teachers or close schools. They’re meeting to plan their what-ifs.

But there’s no doubt the district will run out of money before the end of the school year because of the increased costs. News 4 asked the superintendent if the state will step in to help

“At this time, I dont know if we know the answer to that question because it’s all new,” Spurgeon said.  And there’s not been a manual handed down to us to follow, steps 1,2,3,4,5.”