ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The Children's Education Alliance of Missouri said in a news release that it will not file a lawsuit against the Mehlville School District.
CEAM said it was ready to file a lawsuit against the district if it did not change their current policy regarding transfer students before 3 p.m. Thursday.
"After communicating with Mehlville and Kirkwood School District leaders late into the night, the Children's Education Alliance of Missouri (CEAM) and the parents with whom we have been working are hopeful that a resolution to the school transfer situation... is possible," CEAM wrote in the release.
Negotiations between the districts are still underway, and CEAM said in a news release that neither Mehville nor Kirkwood School Districts had identified spots for all of the Riverview Gardens students who requested a transfer. However, the alliance added that it hopes to find a solution by the end of the week.
In July, Riverview Gardens chose Mehlville as the district they will provide bus service to for students wishing to transfer. When Mehville said they cannot accept 100 percent of the hundreds of students wanting to leave Riverview Gardens, the Kirkwood School District was also chosen.
Children from Riverview Gardens can transfer to any school district, but bus service will only be provided for students who have been accepted into Mehlville or Kirkwood.
"...We believe that school officials are working in good faith to find a resolution and the parties agree that additional time for this purpose would be fruitful," CEAM wrote in a news release.
Dr. Eric Knost, superintendent of the Mehlville School District released the following statement:
"Last night, I met in closed session with our Board of Education to discuss potential litigation against the Mehlville School District. Please know, legal action, causes of action or litigation are appropriate topics for closed session meetings and it would be counterproductive to discuss these matters in public.
"Since our meeting last evening, we have learned the Children's Education Alliance of Missouri (CEAM) and the parent plaintiffs will not be filing suit today as was previously reported. Some reports in the media are suggesting Mehlville has agreed to take the remaining number of transfer students who need transportation. This is not accurate. Instead, we have mutually agreed to continue talks with all districts involved to formulate resolutions.
"Our effort remains to comply with the law to the best of our ability while keeping all students' best interests in mind. We work hard to provide a quality education for all of our students and it is our goal to serve in a manner that does not compromise educational excellence."