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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Although it might surprise a few people, there’s some public schools in the city of St. Louis that are doing pretty well.
US News and World Report have rated Metro Academic and Classical High School as the top high school in Missouri. Mayor Slay’s Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford says not only is Metro doing well, but they’ve doubled the number of quality educational opportunities for parents in St. Louis over the past four or five years and believes if they keep doing that, not only will you see a turn around in the lives of children, but you’re also going to see a major turn around for the city itself.
US News also ranks Metro as the 135th best high school in the country.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has released $1 million in state funding to help rebuild a northeast Missouri vocational school destroyed by fire.
Lawmakers included funding for the Pike-Lincoln Technical Center in the current year's budget, but Nixon vetoed the appropriation.
The Legislature overrode the veto in September. But Nixon then froze the spending while determining if there was enough money in a particular fund to pay for it and whether the fund could legally be used for the project.
Nixon's budget director said Monday that the $1 million for the school had been released last week.
Most of the students who were given the chance to transfer out of the struggling Normandy and Riverview Gardens school districts are still attending their new schools.
Nearly 2300 transfer students were attending classes in 24 districts across the St. Louis metro area, according to numbers compiled by Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis last month.
About 500 students who could have transferred, opted to stay in their home districts. Don Senti, executive director of Cooperating School Districts told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that transportation is a problem. Senti says it's too difficult for some students to get to school in districts where transportation isn't provided.
North Dakota - AP - A school superintendent in North Dakota will resign after he says he took a gun to school to protect himself.
Tioga Superintendent D'Wayne Johnston said in an interview Wednesday that he brought the weapon to the high school on Oct. 2 because of a threat from a boy that resulted in the student's expulsion. Johnston says he should have instead asked for more help from police.
Johnston refused to go into detail about the threat but says the boy had previous discipline problems.
After several people saw the gun, Johnston acknowledged carrying it.
The school board accepted Johnston's resignation at an emergency meeting Friday. The resignation takes effect at the end of the school year.
District officials don't think the incident will result in any criminal charges against Johnston.
ASHLAND, Mo. (AP) - Police in central Missouri say a teenager shot and killed himself as he was being taken into custody for allegedly sending a text threatening school violence.
The shooting happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday near Ashland. The name of the 17-year-old student has not been released.
Boone County Maj. Tom Reddin says the teen sent a text to another student Monday night saying something dramatic was going to happen at school Tuesday, something that would include loss of life.
The family of the teen who received the text contacted police. Reddin says that as officers went to take in the teen who sent the message, he asked to get dressed.
Reddin says that's when the teen went into the home, retrieved a handgun and shot himself in the chest.
Students in East St. Louis School District 189 are finally back in school.
The first day of classes were pushed back after construction projects finished behind schedule. The high school has seen major renovations that should improve the education experience for some 1,300 students. Construction work on the school's roof and floor were not finished in time for the original August 21 start.
Work of another kind will continue in the classrooms--the latest test results show that vast majority of schools in the district did not meet reading or math requirements.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Officials say a gun went off inside a kindergartner's backpack in a Memphis school cafeteria, though no one was hurt.
A news release from the Shelby County school district Thursday says the gun went off inside the student's backpack in the cafeteria of Westside Elementary School. School staffers immediately took control of the backpack.
The school system says there was no evidence of harmful intent. However, the school has a zero-tolerance policy against guns.
School security officers and the Memphis Police Department responded quickly, and the child was taken into custody.
A Missouri company tested a bullet-proof shelter in a school for the first time Wednesday.
A Christian School in western Missouri served as the testing grounds for the shelter. Teachers were excited to see the shelter was shot several times with armor piercing rounds and the bullets showed no signs of penetrating the steel.
The same shelter could also be used for protection during a tornado.
Some extra summer vacation time for students in East St. Louis School District 189.
Work to repair the roof of East St. Louis Senior High School is not going to finish on schedule. School was supposed to start on August 21. Classes will now begin on September 3.
Over 1,300 students at the high school get nearly two extra weeks of time off.
New School Start Time Schedule for 2013-14:
East St. Louis Senior High School — 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
All District Middle Schools — 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
All District Elementary Schools 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Murphy said teachers found a note on a desk at St. Clair Junior High that said there was an explosive device in the building. The students were evacuated around eleven the the high school gym.
Fox 2 reports the all clear has been given and students have returned to class.