Riverview Gardens' students still in limbo after transfer lottery

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by Chris Stanford/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 12:19 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Riverview Gardens School District parents will have to wait to find out which accredited school district their child will attend this year.

A lottery run by Cooperating School Districts was delayed Friday by a computer glitch. By the end of the day there was still work to do to place more than 2,500 students who have requested to transfer out of unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens School Districts. The bulk of the work is finding schools for Riverview Gardens students, because Francis Howell is taking all Normandy students asking to transfer there.

CSD spokesperson Sherrie Wehner thought the organization would be finished going through all of the students first choices by the time they finished for the day Friday.

“It’s a little more time consuming because we have capacity by the total school but then there’s capacity by the grade level,” said Wehner.

Damein Hodgeins is hoping his two kids will be placed in the Mehlville School District so he doesn’t have to worry about transportation.

“Why are we being put on hold?” questioned Hodgeins.

CDS said Friday that there are enough spots open in districts to place every student in the unaccredited districts who applied to be transferred. However, students may not be placed in their first, second or third choice school districts because of availability. CSD said it will work with parents on finding a district with room, but parents would have to provide transportation.

Wehner said the lottery should be finished by the end of the weekend.

 

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