Riverview Gardens to select second district for transfer students

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RIVERVIEW GARDENS, MO (KTVI)-- FOX 2 has learned the transfer of students from two unaccredited St. Louis County school districts to other public school districts has just run into a major problem.

This could just be the start of a chain of chaotic events involving school transfers. The unaccredited Riverview Gardens School District has said it will only provide free bus transportation to one district for students transferring out to the Mehlville district in South County.  Well now, Mehlville officials tell FOX 2 they only have room for about 1/3 of the Riverview Gardens students who have applied.

Mehlville officials say that around 400 students from Riverview Gardens have applied. But they now say Mehlville only has room for around 150 of those students, even as more apply every day. That means two things. One--under state guidelines the Riverview Gardens District will now have to select a second district where it will provide free bus transportation. And two---some way will have to be found to select which 150 students from Riverview Gardens will get to attend Mehville. This only means even more uncertainty and disruption for parents and students in Riverview Gardens, whose district was stripped of state accreditation this year.

Riverview Gardens has not selected a second district for free bus transportation. But we could see this repeated as school districts where transfer students have applied, decide they can take fewer students than have applied. And since the deadline for applications and decisions is August 1st, there could be mass confusion.

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