- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - St. Louis Public Schools will remain under the leadership of an appointed board for at least three more years, following a unanimous vote Tuesday by the Missouri Board of Education.

The Special Administrative Board will continue to control the St. Louis district, just has it has since 2007, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/1KUClvp ). That’s when the district lost accreditation due to low graduation rates, poor test scores and other factors.

Performance has improved, especially since Kelvin Adams took over as superintendent of the 27,000-student district in 2008. The accreditation level was upgraded to provisional in 2012. The state board in January acknowledged improvements but refused to grant full accreditation.

At the meeting Tuesday, the state board asked the Missouri Department of Education to develop a transition plan, which will include criteria that must be met for St. Louis schools to return to leadership under an elected local school board.

The extension means the term of the Special Administrative Board would expire on June 30, 2019. The board still has its three original members: Rick Sullivan, Melanie Adams and Richard Gaines. The panel is appointed by the governor, the St. Louis mayor and the city’s aldermanic president.

The St. Louis district still has an elected school board. It meets monthly, though with no control over district operations. The seven-member board has worked to reposition members as advocates for the district and the watchdog of the Special Administrative Board.

The state board also extended for three years the state-appointed board overseeing the Riverview Gardens district in suburban St. Louis.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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