ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – On Tuesday evening, the unaccredited Riverview Gardens School District Board of Education selected the Mehlville School District as the transportation district for Riverview Gardens students wishing to transfer.
Following the recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling on the Breitenfeld v. Clayton (formerly Turner v. Clayton) case, students residing in an unaccredited district may choose to attend another district in the same or adjoining counties.
Additionally, the unaccredited, or sending district, must choose at least one accredited district where they will transport students interested in transferring at no cost.
Last week, the failing Normandy School District announced it would bus student to the Francis Howell School District.
The Mehlville Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost had no involvement in the decision. Furthermore, the Mehville district was not officially notified of the decision until after the Riverview Gardens Board of Education voted in a closed session.
Dr. Knost has expressed his concerns relating to Mehville District’s current building and class capacities.
“We are currently reviewing our educational capacity throughout the district to determine how many transfer students can be accommodated. In the coming weeks we will work to comply with the law, the Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling and the decision of the Riverview Gardens School District Board of Education in a manner that is in the best interests of all children and families,” stated Knost.
According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Mehville School District already exceeds its prescribed desirable numbers.
News 4 will have more on this decision and th reaction from Mehlville officials at 10 on Channel 4.