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Saturday, 03 August 2013 07:55

School transfers to cause financial problems

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The state's top education official says an unaccredited St. Louis area district is expected to run out of money this year paying for students to transfer to accredited districts.

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said Friday that the state would be going to the Legislature for help.

The Riverview Gardens and Normandy districts are unaccredited, and a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling allows students to transfer to accredited districts. Estimates show the transfers could cost the districts as much as $30 million.

Nicastro says the state is trying to determine when Normandy won't be able to cover its expenses. State data shows Normandy had $8.6 million in reserve and Riverview Gardens $28.6 million at the end of the 2011 through 2012 school year, the most recent year information is available.

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