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Update @ 2:00 p.m. Wednesday:

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Mehlville School District Board of Education will hold an emergency meeting tonight.

The board agenda says they’ll go into closed session to discuss, “legal action, causes of action or litigation.”

The meeting is set to take place at 8 p.m. at the Mehlville Administration Building, 3120 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63125.
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The transfer of students to accredited districts has quickly turned to lawsuits and threats of lawsuits.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) says it already plans to sue Mehlville and Kirkwood for turning down some students.

In a separate move, three parents have given the Mehlville School district a Thursday afternoon deadline to come up with more space. Mehlville told 300 students there was no room.

Kate Casas with the Children’s Alliance of Missouri doesn’t think Mehlville is making every effort to take in more transfers.

“In 2006 [Mehlville] had a thousand more students than they had at the end of the last school year, in the same buildings, in the same amount of space.” Casas told KMOX News.

Three parents from the Riverview Gardens School District are threatening the lawsuit against Mehlville. They put Mehlville on notice that if action isn’t taken by three o’clock Thursday afternoon, there will be a lawsuit.

Mehlville School Districts officials responded in an email to KMOX News.

“The District will work with our legal counsel to respond appropriately to the court action,” the email stated. “We continue to work to comply with the student transfers to the best of our ability on such a short notice, while keeping the best interests of all students in mind. We stay committed to educational excellence for all of our currently enrolled and future enrolled students.”

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