Riverview Gardens Special Administrative Board Gets Extension


The State Board of Education today authorized the extension of the Special Administrative Board (SAB) for the Riverview Gardens School District through June 30, 2022. The State Board also appointed Mary Oswald to join the SAB upon the retirement of Dr. Mark Tranel, who is one of the original members.

Ms. Oswald will join Dr. Lynn Beckwith Jr. and Ms. Veronica Morrow-Reel on the SAB. She is a retired teacher and former member of the elected Riverview Gardens school board. Oswald is a district resident and is active in her community of Bellefontaine Neighbors.

“Riverview Gardens’ performance has improved under the SAB, but there is still work to do,” said Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Margie Vandeven. “We believe extending the SAB’s governance is in the best interest of students and will continue to move the district toward full accreditation.”

Riverview Gardens has been provisionally accredited since January 2017. The State Board originally authorized the SAB in 2010, with extensions in 2012 and 2016. The current extension expires June 30, 2019.