By Tracy Clemons
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - High school students transferring from Riverview Gardens to the Mehlville School District got their class schedules in their new school district Friday.
There's a little more than 60 of them. And for the most part, they along with their parents are an excited bunch.
"It's been exciting just to get out of Riverview into a better district," says D'Juan Reaves.
Reaves would have been a junior at Riverview Gardens High School this year. Instead, he's setting his schedule for his first year at Oakville High School. We asked what he's expecting when he gets there.
"Just a better support system. Better surroundings...more positive surroundings," he says. "Don't gotta worry about fighting every time you go to school. Not saying that's how Riverview was because it wasn't always fighting at Riverview."
Fifty-four students who live in the Riverview Gardens district are transferring to Oakville Senior High, and another 10 are heading to Mehlville Senior High.
Denise Johnson has two kids transferring to Oakville Senior High. They are among the 400 transfer requests from people who live in the district but attended private and parochial schools. They never spent a day inside a Riverview Gardens school but Riverview is footing the bill for them to go to Mehlville.
"I asked them first would they like it and they were like yeah...it would be something different for them to experience...something better. I hope they get something better out of it," Johnson says.
It'll be a long bus ride for the transfers. Johnson says that worries her a little.
"I've been scared for the bus ride on the highway for them to get there and back. So it is kind of scary. I'm just hoping and praying that the best comes out of it."
"I don't have a problem riding the bus," says Reaves. "Just put my headphones on and ride."
Concerns of overcrowding have been constant throughout the process. But Oakville Senior High School Principal Jan Kellerman says they are able to get all the transfers into the classes they need.
School starts Thursday in Mehlville. Transportation is still being worked out, but Riverview Gardens assures there will be buses on the first day for those transfers.