ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The Children's Education Alliance of Missouri will not file a lawsuit against the Mehlville School District.
CEAM made the announcement Thursday after the families named in the potential lawsuit against the district were placed in an alternative school district.
On Aug. 6 CEAM served Mehlville copies of the lawsuit and a letter with expectations that needed to be fulfilled to avoid a lawsuit. CEAM worked with Mehlville, the Kirkwood School District, and the Cooperating school Districts of ST. Louis to find solutions for all students wishing to transfer from the unaccredited districts of Riverview Gardens and Normandy.
Dr. Eric Knost, superintendent of the Mehlville School District released the following statement in response to CEAM dropping the lawsuit:
"Earlier today, we were contacted by the attorney representing CEAM (Children's Education Alliance of Missouri) stating they would not be filing a lawsuit at this time. They further cited their original expectations relating to various families and students wishing to attend the Mehlville School District.
"Prior to any threats of litigation against us, we were already working tirelessly to accommodate transfer requests to the best of our ability without compromising educational excellence for all children involved. We carefully and appropriately identified our means to accommodate transfer students and we stayed true to that effort throughout the weeks leading up to our first day of school. Our efforts included an ongoing commitment to fill our identified openings even as we received notices from families who ultimately decided not to attend our schools.
"In the Mehlville School District students are our number one priority and we stay focused on doing the right things for all kids at all times. This commitment has never been compromised and the threats of litigation against us had no bearing on the outcome."