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By Farrah Fazal

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Approximately 1,400 students want to transfer out of the unaccredited Riverview Gardens School District to an accredited school district. Those numbers went up August 1, the last day to transfer.

Parents of 126 students went to the districts resource center to fill out the paperwork. A few miles away, the head of the district, Dr. Scott Spurgeon, was teaching the teachers and changing the lessons.

Spurgeon's goal is to get the district provisionally accredited within a year. It's going to take every teacher and principal he has to get the job done. He's arming them with different tools before they go back to school on August 12.

Spurgeon believes teachers will have to teach differently in order for children to learn differently. He's running a school district that's failed for seven years. He knows parents are sending him a message through the transfer process.

"We hear them. We hear their concerns. We understand, we understand what needs to done to get to the next level," said Spurgeon.

His principals have been knocking on doors and calling the parents of their children to convince them to stay in the district. They changed the minds of 60 students in the last 24 hours.

Read more stories and watch more videos on the ongoing student transfer saga:

- Cooperating School Districts work to assign student transfers
- Francis Howell District to get at least 425 transfer students
- Mehlville, Kirkwood increase number of transfer students they'll take
- Riverview Gardens transfers: 1,400 students want out
- Normandy School District stands to lose quarter of its students
- NewsChannel 5's 5 p.m. newscast dedicated to school transfer situation


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