ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It is the first day of school for the St. Louis Public School District.
For the first time since 2007, city schools will begin the year as a provisionally accredited district, but there is a lot of work left to do.
Compton Drew Middle School on Oakland will be the first stop Monday morning for city schools superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams. He will greet students before doing the same at two other schools.
Adams took part in Sunday speaking at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in north St. Louis.
His message to people in the pews was to do all you can to make sure kids go to school on this first day.
At least 20 other city schools representatives took the same message to other churches Sunday.
Students not showing up for the first day of class has been a chronic problem over the years for city schools.
Adams has also greeted kids on the first day in past years.
There are 27,000 students enrolled in city schools.
Adams says about 81 percent of kids showed up for the first day last year, and he wants that to improve.
Adams, as well as parents, seem optimistic about this year.