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A school bus driver in St. Charles County caught texting while driving is now out of work.
Officials with the Francis Howell School District tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that a middle-school student had taken a video of the driver texting with kids on board Thursday. Parents contacted the district about the incident.
Francis Howell spokeswoman Jennifer Henry tells the paper that the company the driver worked for fired the driver as a result of the incident.
The driver isn't likely to face a citation since Missouri law only bars texting while driving for drivers age 21 and under.
Officials in the Francis Howell school district say a computer error led to a strange email blast over the weekend. Parents of current and former students received emails saying their children were failing classes -- hundreds of them.
School district spokesperson Neosha Hayes says the issue has been identified and the flow of emails stopped. Hayes also says student information wasn't compromised because only authorized addresses received the emails.
The first tuition bill is in for Normandy students who transferred to Francis Howell.
Four hundred forty-nine transfer students began classes in Francis Howell schools on August 8th. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the total due now is just over $424,000. Francis Howell Chief Financial Officer Kevin Supple told the paper the bill was sent Tuesday via email.
Normandy officials say the invoice must be processed and approved by the school board, which could take a month or more.
Missouri education officials have suggested unaccredited districts pay tuition bills within 10 days. State officials have also said they will withhold state aid distributions if an unaccredited district falls two months behind in paying transfer tuition.
A lockdown of schools in St. Charles County has been lifted.
Police say a man confronted an employee at Francis Howell High School and threatened to kill himself. A school resource officer removed the man from the building. That is when officers say the man tried to force his way into Francis Howell Middle School. Police were called and the men led officers on brief chase.
The suspect was arrested in the Chesterfield area. Police say no students were in danger and lockdown was soon lifted. A total of four schools were placed on lockdown.
The State of Missouri may have to pay part of the costs for the school transfer program. The unaccredited Normandy School District will spend between 15 and 18 million dollars to send hundreds of students to Francis Howell and other, better performing districts. Missouri Education Commissioner Dr. Chris Nicastro told Fox 2 News that at that rate, Normandy will likely run out of money before the end of the school year.
"If Normandy cannot meet their obligations, then there's going to have to be some money come from somewhere," Nicastro said. "The legislature's the only body I know of that can appropriate those funds."
Dr. Nicastro says the costs could go up next year. That's when new education standards kick in across the state, which she believes will cause more districts to become unaccredited.