Criteria shows only 2 districts meet Riverview Garden's transfer options


by Staff

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 12:19 PM

(KMOV) – While parents, teachers and school superintendents nervously wait to see if their district will be the second one chosen for an influx of hundreds of students from the Riverview Gardens School District, state criteria shows there may not be many options.

Because the district’s first choice, Mehlville, doesn’t have enough room, a second district will be chosen for providing transportation for students who transfer out of the unaccredited district.

Riverview Gardens Superintendent Scott Spurgeon says he has no short list and no final decision has been made.

But he told after telling News 4 the criteria, it appears that the only choices are either the Parkway School District or Fort Zumwalt in St. Charles County.

One of the top two criteria is the district has to be recognized by the state as a school of distinction and there are 14 in St. Louis and St. Charles counties.

The other criteria says the school can’t be more expensive than Riverview Gardens, which eliminates five of the 14 districts.

Five are also too small and two are too far away, leaving just Parkway and Fort Zumwalt.

Fort Zumwalt superintendent Dr. Bernard Dubray told News 4 had prepared in case they were chosen the first time and will do what needs to be done. But the short notice before the start of school will make it tough.

“If we are chosen it’s going to be right around the first of August. We start school on the 14th,” said Dubray. “It’s going to take a lot to gear up and prepare to assign students and orient them and do things like that. But, yeah, it’s certainly going to put us under the gun.”

News 4 tried contacting the Parkway School District, but they turned down a request for an interview because they did not want to speculate.

The Riverview Gardens School Board is expected to call an emergency meeting next week and make their decision then.