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School Closures

Airport Elementary School in Berkeley will close this year under a redistricting plan of the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Some resident are suing to keep it open.
Ryan Delaney | St. Louis Public Radio

Five Berkeley families are trying to prevent the Ferguson-Florissant School District from closing another school in their city.

The residents and city filed a lawsuit seeking to block the current redistricting plan for the north St. Louis County school system and force the school board to come up with another way to adjust to a shrinking student population.

UMSL revokes sponsorship of St. Louis charter school

Jan 10, 2017
Preclarus Mastery Academy is housed within the Third Baptist Church at Washington Avenue.
St Louis Public Radio

Updated at 3:06 p.m. with comment from Preclarus board chair — Students at the charter school Preclarus Mastery Academy will most likely have to enroll somewhere else next year.

After several years of poor showings on state report cards, the University of Missouri-St. Louis is revoking its sponsorship of the school, which is located in the Grand Center Arts District. 

End of the line for 2 more St. Louis public schools?

Nov 21, 2016
St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams watches as early results come in showing strong support for a proposition to increase school funding in April 2016.
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The superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools is recommending that at least two schools in north St. Louis close at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

After having meetings at 10 schools that have low enrollment and shaky academic performance, Kelvin Adams told the district’s appointed board Monday night that Cote Brilliante Elementary, 2616 Cora Ave., in the Ville neighborhood, and Langston Middle School, 5511 Wabada Ave., in the Wells Goodfellow neighborhood don’t have the area population and development they need to stay open.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: With its newly gained provisional accreditation, the St. Louis Public Schools needs to cut spending and build up a fund balance, and Superintendent Kelvin Adams says one way to save money is to close four schools and trim other programs.

But students at one of the schools targeted for closing, Cleveland Naval Junior ROTC, made what Adams called “passionate” comments at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Special Administrative Board, calling their school a successful, special place that should stay open.