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Riverview Gardens School District

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 15, 2011 - As its first year under state supervision comes to a close, the Riverview Gardens School District has a smaller enrollment, a shrinking fund balance, less money from Washington and Jefferson City -- and less uncertainty about who will work there and what policies they will follow.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 24, 2011 - Officials of the reconstituted Riverview Gardens School District admit they have a long way to go after just one year under a new regime.

But to show they have made at least one kind of progress since a state takeover last summer, they point to an unusual fact: No one outside the district paid much attention to their high school graduation ceremonies at UMSL earlier this month.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 27, 2010 - Clive Coleman says he likes challenges -- and he's had plenty to face in his first six months as superintendent of the Riverview Gardens School District.

Before Coleman even took office on July 1, the state of Missouri had moved to take over the unaccredited district, putting it in the hands of a three-member Special Administrative Board. In essence, the old district ceased to exist. All contracts had to be redone, all personnel had to be rehired -- or not -- and all school assignments had to be remade before the start of classes in late August.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 23, 2010 - What's the best relationship between teachers and students? Love? Admiration? Respect?

What would you do if your class were deeply involved in a creative project, like a movie or a newspaper or a play, and the principal came along and said you had to get back to basics because standardized test time was coming up?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 2, 2010 - If brightly colored T-shirts, inspirational slogans and sheer enthusiasm can turn a school district around, Riverview Gardens - make that the NEW Riverview Gardens - could be on its way back.

But as speakers conceded Monday morning during the opening convocation for the reconstituted district, the turnaround is going to take a lot more than school spirit.

If brightly colored T-shirts, inspirational slogans and sheer enthusiasm can turn a school district around, Riverview Gardens - make that the NEW Riverview Gardens - could be on its way back.

But as speakers conceded Monday morning during the opening convocation for the reconstituted district, the turnaround is going to take a lot more than school spirit.

"Everything will be tied to what affects learning at the classroom level," new Superintendent Clive Coleman said in an interview before he took the stage to rally the troops.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 1, 2010 - Just in case anyone had doubts that the Riverview Gardens School District was starting fresh -- with a new board, a new slogan and a host of old problems -- the head of its Special Administrative Board (SAB) made it clear with just three words Thursday night.

"What was, was," said Lynn Beckwith, former superintendent of the University City schools and now a professor of urban education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He added:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 22, 2010 - Teachers, administrators, nurses and residents of the Riverview Gardens School District packed a middle school auditorium Tuesday night to tell the new Special Administrative Board (SAB) how they think it should help turn the troubled district around.

But the most emotional lesson may have come from a senior at Riverview Gardens High School.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 14, 2010 - As the Riverview Gardens School District heads toward uncharted waters, teachers and other employees are becoming increasingly concerned that they may not have a seat on the boat.

On July 1, the north St. Louis County district will cease to exist, replaced by a new district taken over by the state and run by a three-member appointed special administrative board (SAB). All contracts established by the lapsed district will end -- no teachers, no administrators, no support personnel, no vendors.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 20, 2010 - As expected, the state Board of Education voted Thursday to appoint a three-member special administrative board to take over operations of the Riverview Gardens School District in north St. Louis County as of July 1.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 10, 2010 - When Clive Coleman takes over July 1 as superintendent of the Riverview Gardens school district, he'll be working with a clean slate -- but he's already got a six-point plan to fill it with.

Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to move later this month to take over the troubled north St. Louis County district, where academic achievement and financial dealings have made the kind of headlines in recent years that no one wants to read.

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