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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- A surprising confrontation when I try to question a member of the special board installed to run the St. Louis City School District by the State of Missouri.

Board Member Richard Gaines refused to answer my questions about the challenges that could ultimately threaten the districts provisional accreditation. The district is on a course to once again becoming unaccredited unless board members can turn things around.

If that happened, nearly 24,000 kids could transfer causing chaos throughout the St. Louis area and costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.

While Gaines wasn't talking, the President of the St Louis School District's Elected School Board David Jackson had a lot to say.

Jackson's board is still listed on the districts website and still holds public meetings although it can't make any decisions for the district.

Jackson said that the Gaine's board.

"Has done absolutely nothing since they've been in governance of the school district," he added.

"I thought that would happen because none of the three board members have any educational background. They're all business people.”

Security guards intervened as Investigator Elliott Davis was trying to question Richard Gaines.

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