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Vol. 44, No. 39

May 18 , 2010

Nicastro will outline plans for district lapse

Public Meeting Tonight in Riverview Gardens

State education officials will hold a public meeting tonight, May 18, in the Riverview Gardens School District, to answer questions about the future of the district.

Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro will lead the meeting, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the gymnasium at Riverview Gardens High School.

The Riverview Gardens district has been unaccredited since July 2007.  It now serves about 6,600 students in grades K-12.  Under state law (Section 162.081), the district will lapse June 30.  Commissioner Nicastro plans to recommend that the school district be placed under the direction of a three-member “special administrative board,” effective July 1.  Nicastro will present the plan to the State Board of Education when it meets Thursday in Jefferson City. 

“This is a critical transition time for the school district.  We hope that, with new leadership and our support, the district can rally the students, staff, parents and community leaders to work together to ensure quality education for all students,” Nicastro said.