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Updated: Today’s school transfer lottery has been delayed by two hours.

Cooperating School Districts Executive Director Don Senti tells KMOX the computer they were using to conduct the lottery died in the middle of the night, but fired up again around 7:30 a.m.

Senti says workers spent the night manually cross checking the list of Riverview Gardens students, who’ve applied to go to the Mehlville and Kirkwood school districts.

The lottery, which was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., is now expected to begin before 10 a.m. Senti still hopes to be done before a noon meeting with superintendents.

Parents should be notified about where their children stand by the end of the day Monday.

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Two unaccredited St. Louis County school districts now know exactly how many students they’re losing.

More than 2,500 students applied to transfer before Thursday’s deadline, but because surrounding districts are limiting the number of students they’ll take, Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis will be holding a lottery Friday to decide which students go where.

RIVERVIEW GARDENS

In the case of Riverview Gardens 1,400 students have opted to transfer to a different district. As much as 600 are wishing to enter into Mehlville or Kirkwood schools, the districts Riverview Gardens will be providing transportation to.

But Mehlville Superintendent Eric Knost says they only have 218 spots available. Officials at Kirkwood have said they only have 175 spots. On Thursday both districts increased the number of children they expected to accept into their schools.

If a family’s first, second and third choices fill up before their number comes up, they’ll get a phone call Friday, asking them to make a fourth choice.

NORMANDY

In Normandy, all 453 students who’ve applied to go to Francis Howell should get their wish, no lottery necessary.

Normandy Superintendent Dr. Ty McNichols touted at a meeting Thursday that many families have canceled their transfer request. No word on how many families or even it that will make a dent.

McNichols said 1,151 students, about 28 percent of Normandy’s student body, is planning on leaving the district taking a quarter of Normandy’s budget, $15-million, with them.

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