FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOX) — Francis Howell and Mehlville may have nabbed the spotlight in this summer’s news cycle, but one urban school district is claiming some pretty impressive attendance figures, even with the addition of several hundred transfer students.

Dr. Art McCoy, Superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, says the district had 99 percent attendance on the first day and 97 percent attendance after the first month of school.

But what’s more impressive is that the district achieved the high marks with an additional 440 transfer students from Riverview Gardens and Normandy.

McCoy contributes the success to the staff, teachers and principals in his district, and their direct hands on approach.

“I have staff and principals who do over 500-600 home visits before school starts,” he said.

McCoy has kicked off a campaign to raise money for Bi-State bus vouchers for about 45 students. He says most parents knew by choosing Ferguson-Florissant they would have to pay for transportation, but he says some don’t have reliable transportation. He is hoping to raise over $22,000.

McCoy will be honored Friday at the St. Louis American Salute to Excellence in Education dinner.

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