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Susan Smith-Harmon

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Kirkwood parents learn details of school transfer plans

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 02:09 Published in Local News

   School starts in Kirkwood on August 20th and Tuesday night parents in the south county district learned how their schools will be affected by the transfer of more than 150 students from Normandy and Riverview Gardens.  

   Kirkwood School Board spokesperson Ginger Cayce says class sizes may fluctuate slightly, but not enough to cause concern.  Cayce says the $12,000 per transfer student that the district will receive will cover the cost of any extra resources needed.  Cayce says the money would be spent on "technology, support staff resources, and any additional teachers or teachers aides we might need in the classroom."

   About 650 people attended Tuesday night's meeting at Kirkwood High.  There were questions about test scores and athletic opportunities, but most showed support for the students coming from the unaccredited districts.  One man even donated money to help cover "incidental costs" for transfer students.  He called on others with the means to do so as well.

 

Woman critical after ATV hit by train

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 02:02 Published in Local News

   A metro-east woman is in critical condition after being struck by a train near Granite City Tuesday night.  Police say it happened about 9 p.m. at Lenox and Chouteau in Mitchell, Illinois.  

   A couple had reportedly been riding an all-terrain vehicle when it got stuck on railroad tracks.  The man was able to jump out of the way of the on-coming train, but the women couldn't.  

   The woman was struck and later airlifted to a hospital.  The man wasn't hurt.

   Mehlville Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost says the district is making every effort to place students transferring in from Riverview Gardens without compromising the education of any student in the district.

   Knost released a statement Monday evening in response to a lawsuit from the Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri on behalf of three Riverview Gardens parents.  

   Mehlville has limited the number students it will accept from the unaccredited district in an effort to retain current class size limits and staffing levels, but the school-choice advocacy group says there's room for more than the 216 the district has accepted.  

   Knost says the District will work with legal counsel to respond appropriately to the court action.  

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