Computer crash delays student transfer lottery

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CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) – The lottery process for students transferring out of the failing Normandy and Riverview Gardens School Districts ran into a delay Friday morning.

Computers critical to running the lottery crashed for about 45 minutes a little before 7:00am, causing some delays.

The computers are back up and running and we’re told no critical information was lost.

Sherrie Wehner, a spokesperson for the Cooperating School Districts which is organizing the lottery, says students have all been assigned numbers and the lottery will work off of those numbers.

Parents were asked for their three top choices for districts where their kids want to transfer.

Those choices will be put into the lottery system and the selections will proceed from there.

Wehner says she believes most Normandy kids will get their first or second choice because most chose Francis Howell.

That’s where Normandy is paying to bus students and Francis Howell has said it will accept the students.

Wehner says Riverview Gardens is more complex because the two districts where they are busing kids –Mehlville and Kirkwood – don’t have enough room for all of the students who have applied.

Wehner tells us a meeting with superintendents from the districts receiving students originally scheduled for 8:30am has now been delayed until about noon.

She is hopeful the lottery can be completed Friday, but that is still a little unclear.

Wehner is asking parents of transfer students to stay close to their phones in case lottery officials need to contact them.

She tells us one of the biggest challenges is going be Riverview students whose families did not put down any other options besides Kirkwood and Mehlville.

Wehner says officials will call families whose kids don’t get into Kirkwood or Mehlville and ask them if they want to choose another district or remain at Riverview.

That could take some time to get hold of those families.

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