Hazelwood School District braces to absorb students from unaccredited schools

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 1:52 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Parents whose children attend either of the two unaccredited schools in St. Louis County have begun making calls to determine their next move.

Hazelwood School District officials say they have heard from close to 100 families in the Riverview Gardens and Normandy School Districts, in north St. Louis County.

Hazelwood says it is keeping a close eye to make sure class sizes don’t get too large.

“That will be a large piece of what we do this summer, is looking at the enrollment,” said Assistant Superintendent Diana Gulotta. “To project enrollment in each classroom, and looking at where we might be able to add students, just to make sure that we’re not overcrowding one school over another.”

Last week, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that students who live in an unaccredited district have the right to transfer to a better-performing school in the same or adjacent county at no expense to the family.

The unaccredited schools would have to pay for students to transfer to nearby schools.

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