The Ferguson-Florissant district was going to have to use $3 million from its reserve to balance its budget but it will wind up with a $1.2 million surplus.
District Chief Financial Officer Ennis Moss says transportation will cost about $601,000 per year. He says it was a decision the district had to make quickly.
“My heart goes out to those two superintendents who started July 1st. They’ve been on the job roughly six weeks and obviously they have a very challenging situation.”
An education board spokeswoman admits they’ve had little success fixing unaccredited school districts thus far.
The Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri says three parents are ready to file a lawsuit if changes aren’t made regarding transfer students.
Classes begin Thursday in the Francis Howell district. Nearly 2,600 students from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts are leaving for better-performing schools
Most parents were supportive of the plan, including resident John Davidson who handed Williams a $100 check to help the incoming students with transportation and other needs.
Both the NAACP and a small group of parents have planned lawsuits against the districts for turning down some students.
Around 300 students will go through a second lottery today to determine where they will attend school after failing to get into their schools of choice in the first lottery last week.
The governor says there are some ways improve Missouri education but he is leaving it up to state legislators and will not call them into a special session, as some have suggested he do.