Riverview Gardens picks Kirkwood as second transfer district

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 8:33 AM

(KMOV) –  With more students seeking to transfer from the Riverview Gardens School District than the Mehlville district can handle, Riverview Gardens has selected Kirkwood as a second choice.

This is the second district Riverview Gardens will provide bus transportation to for those students wishing to transfer. 

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recommended that Riverview Gardens select another district after Mehlville determined they would only have room for approximately 150 of the nearly 1,100 students that applied for transfer.

“We welcome the opportunity to assist the Riverview School Community and will work with parents and students to ensure a smooth transition for all of our students,” said Kirkwood Superintendent of Schools Tom Williams.

The superintendent of Riverview told News 4 he looked at everything from academic performance to geographic location and tuition costs when it came to picking another accredited district. 

“We have room for a total of approximately 100 students from Riverview Gardens and
Normandy. This number will continue to change as we enroll resident students,” said Williams.

Williams said Thursday was the deadline for transfer request applications.

“Friday we’re going to meet and make sure we place as many students as we possibly can,” Williams said.

 

For those remaining students who will not be placed at the hand-picked accredited schools, a lottery will be held Friday in cooperation with the surrounding districts who have space. Those selected will be able to attend but with their own transportation. 

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