ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The Kirkwood School District is the latest district to find itself at the center of the student transfer story.
Riverview Gardens announced Tuesday it will bus students to Kirkwood as part of a plan to allow students from the unaccredited district to change schools.
Riverview Gardens first said it would pay to transport students to the Mehlville School District, but Mehville officials said they're nearly full, which required a second option for parents of students in Riverview Gardens.
Kirkwood was selected based largely on academic achievement and cost.
So far, roughly 1,100 of Riverview Gardens' 5,800 students have applied to transfer for free busing to one of the two available districts. August 1 is the deadline to apply.
At a cost of around $14 million thus far, the Riverview Gardens superintendent says the transfer program is making it harder to regain accreditation.
Kirkwood Superintendent Tom Williams released the following statement Tuesday night after Riverview Gardens made its announcement:
"We welcome the opportunity to assist the Riverview School Community and will work with parents and students to ensure a smooth transition for all of our students. We believe we have room for approximately 100 students from Riverview Gardens and Normandy. This number may change as we enroll resident students. Kirkwood has welcomed transfer students through the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC) for more than 25 years. Our students participating in this program have become a part of our school community. There is a process for enrolling students, and when the process is followed students benefit. We believe we will have a similarly positive experience with transfer students from unaccredited school districts."