Riverview Gardens School District on cusp of reaccreditation

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The Riverview Gardens School District has been unaccredited for nine years.

For the last two years, the school has passed the accreditation standards on the annual performance report from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

In a meeting Monday evening, there was a lot of celebration about how far the district has come.

According to the Missouri board of education, a school must earn a full accreditation for two consecutive years to be eligible to become an accredited school, which Riverview Gardens has done.

Margie Vandeven, the Commissioner of Education for Missouri, said the state board will make a recommendation on Riverview Gardens in a meeting on December 2. If the board recommends accreditation, it could take effect as soon as next school year.

Right now, 437 students are being transferred out of the district to attend an accredited school. If Riverview Gardens becomes accredited, those students will lose the rights to attend other districts.

Fox 2 asked Vandeven if current transfer students would be forced to switch back to Riverview Gardens.

"By law, that is a possibility, but I will share with you that I think that most districts are very concerned about ensuring that we do that right thing for kid," said Vandevens.

She said they were working with schools boards of each district that has transfer students, so the decision may vary district to district.