By Steve Patterson
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - School is back in session for hundreds of students at Riverview Gardens but classes may look different with hundreds of expected transfers out of the district.
A recently-upheld state law allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer to accredited schools, so Mehlville is losing hundreds of students.
So far, district leaders say there were roughly 1,400 applications to transfer to other districts.
Enrollment numbers are not solid, with registrations still in flux at other schools. District leaders say Riverview had an enrollment of about 5,600 students last year and predict about 5,000 this year.
They expect the numbers to settle by September.
About 350 students will be bussed to Mehlville and Kirkwood.
Riverview Superintendent Scott Spurgeon says teachers are focusing on the remaining students -- and his goal is to have district provisionally accredited within a year.