ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – At a packed St. Louis School Board meeting last night, teachers and parents expected to hear bad news about school closings, layoffs and other austerity measures but instead Superintendent Kelvin Adams told the group that announcement was on hold.
Spokesman Patrick Wallace says there’s uncertainty over 6 million in federal funding, just accepted by Missouri legislators and right now, he can’t say yet whether this new funding could save jobs or school buildings.
Schools tentatively slated to close are: Stevens Middle, Bunche Middle and Kottmeyer Big Picture High School. Part of the cut-back package included 171 positions slated for elimination.
It will take at least a week to determine what funds are available before any decisions are made and the district has until the end of June to pass a final budget.