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Parkway Board Makes Decisions Regarding St. Louis City School District Students

The Parkway Board of Education recently voted on several issues related to the Voluntary Student Transfer (VST) program and St. Louis Public Schools. The board acted on two items regarding continuation of the VST program beyond 2008-09. First, they voted to support continuation of the program and to allow other districts in the region the option to participate or not. Second, the board voted that Parkway would enroll new VST students only in kindergarten and first grade beginning in the fall of 2008. Students already participating in the program would have the option to remain in Parkway through graduation. "Our strategy is based on past experience, which shows that students do best when they enroll in their early years and continue their education in Parkway," said Superintendent Robert Malito. The board also voted not to accept students from the St. Louis Public Schools following the district's loss of accreditation on June 15. With this decision, Parkway joins many other county districts in honoring the St. Louis Public Schools' request not to enroll their students. An equally significant factor in the decision was the board's commitment beginning in 2007 to maintain smaller class sizes as promised to voters with Proposition R.