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Vote on St. Louis school closings is postponed until January

Dec. 16, 2020
Some community members complained that the district was rushing the closing process.

A vote on closing 10 school campuses in St. Louis has been pushed back a month after complaints that the process was being rushed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the extra time will enable district leaders to visit with community members and staff from each of the schools on the proposed closure list.

St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams says that closing the schools will enable more resources to be allocated to the remaining schools.

At least two dozen of the district’s schools enroll fewer than 200 students, considered a threshold for viability.

[EARLIER: St. Louis board scheduled to decide on closing 10 schools]

District leaders started the closure process in  fall 2019 but a planned vote last spring was postponed because of the pandemic.

Board President Dorothy Rohde Collins opposed postponing the vote, saying that complaints from city officials and community members “have not had anything actionable behind them, no commitment of funds or resources.”

About the Author

Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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