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Mehlville parents hear details on plans for transfer students

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MEHLVILLE, MO (KTVI)-- The plan to transfer scores of students from an unaccredited district to one that’s in good shape attracted hundreds of folks in Mehlville.

The superintendent pointed out the district is 40 square miles. He wonders how Riverview Gardens folks are going to be able to run a bus route that drops off a few students here and there at a number of schools spread across the area.

For the first time ever Mehlville parents got to hear details of the plan from their superintendent.

About 200 people filled the library at the high school. Dr. Eric Knost told the folks 450 students from Riverview Gardens have applied to go to school here.

He says they only have room for about 150 of those kids.

He insisted he will not jeopardize class size when it comes to learning.

Residents sounded off, one woman said the district should refuse to take the Riverview students because the plan to put them on a bus for what could be a very long day will only hurt those children.

She said the whole thing should be sent to state educators and for them to go back to the drawing board and figure it out.

Another woman said her grandson went to Riverview Gardens and had a bad learning experience.

Thursday night they could pass policies like how large classroom size can be. Putting those policies in place then would support the superintendent’s determination that they can only accept 150 students.

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