KANSAS CITY • A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated a judge’s 2013 ruling that a central Missouri technical college’s mandatory drug testing policy is unconstitutional when applied to all students.
The full 8th U.S. District Court of Appeals, in a 9-2 ruling, sided with the American Civil Liberties Union in reversing an earlier decision by a three-judge panel of the same St. Louis-based court.
St. Louis Public Schools will close Langston Middle and Cote Brilliante Elementary at the end of this school year because of low enrollment.
The district’s Special Administrative Board finalized the decision, which Superintendent Kelvin Adams had recommended in November, at a special meeting Tuesday night.
“Consolidation is a natural process to free up additional dollars to support all of our schools,” Adams said. “When you have small enrollment numbers, it impacts how we can spread dollars to other schools that have larger enrollment.”
LADUE • The City Council here gave final approval on Monday to allowing John Burroughs School to demolish library and science buildings and replace them with a $25 million science, technology and research building.
The special use permit amendment and master site plan revision approval also lets the school have an enrollment increase, to 650 students from the current 600.
Founded in 1923, the private preparatory school for students in grades 7 to 12 is at 755 South Price Road.
Catholic schools in North St. Louis County will get to stay open another year, parishioners were told last week.
Education officials with the Archdiocese of St. Louis are currently studying the health, financial and otherwise, of its schools deanery by deanery, looking for school closures or changes to be made in light of overall declining enrollment. Officials have already approved the closure of two schools next year in south St. Louis.