Ferguson-Florissant School District Closes 3 Schools
Amid declining enrollment, FFSD opts to close schools
Last fall, the school board of Ferguson-Florissant Schools district voted to close Vogt Elementary, Airport Elementary, and Mark Twain Alternative Schools.
Declining population in the district left the schools with fewer students and left the School Board to come up with a consolidation plan. The city of Berkeley sued the school district in February in an attempt to block the closures, claiming violation of federal civil rights laws.
These closures come along with the decision to change most elementary campuses to either pre-K to 2nd grade or 3rd to 5th grade schools, add 6th grade centers on middle school campuses, and convert McCluer-South High School to a magnet high school.
The closed school buildings will remain in district control, while the district has restructured salaries in order to save money. There were no teacher layoffs, but many chose to retire.
If you’d like to learn more about the Ferguson-Florissant School District, you can read our St. Louis Regional Profile.