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Riverview Gardens School District Celebrates Historic Progress
Posted On:
Thursday, May 30, 2019
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RGSD 2018-2019 school year highlights include:

·        Four consecutive years of APR scores in the full accreditation range

·        Assessed value of properties in the district increased by an average of 23 percent

·        Prop R projects begin at schools across the district

·        The class of 2019 doubled the amount of graduates who will continue their education at universities, colleges and trade schools

·        Impactful partnerships with respected organizations throughout the region

·        Innovative school-based health center opens its doors to at high school

·        Nine educators, more than any other district in Missouri, were nominated for national LifeChanger of the Year awards

·        Websites upgraded and social media pages revamped


St. Louis, MO – Now that the 2018-19 school year has come to a close, Riverview Gardens School District is celebrating historic progress on multiple fronts. Thanks to brilliant students, dedicated educators, caring parents and invested community members, RGSD had one of its most successful years in recent memory. The school year was wildly successful by any measure. From the academic progress to community partnerships, RGSD has cemented its position as a dynamic community of learners and leaders.



In February of 2019, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the 2018 Annual Performance Report (APR) results for each district in the State of Missouri. Once again, RGSD scored in the full accreditation status range. The results mark the fourth consecutive year that the district has scored in the full accreditation status range. Despite significant changes to the 2018 academic performance exams, RGSD students earned 90.3 points (75.3%). The 2018 score comes after the district scored 99 points (70.7%) in 2017, 104.5 points (74.6%) in 2016 and 111 points (79.3%) in 2015.



After more than a decade of declining property values in the area, the assessed value of properties within RGSD has increased by an average 23%. The increase in property values will only result in an average increase of 1.9% in tax rates for property owners. However, it will significantly increase the district’s ability to incur bonds to pay for various projects. Additionally, the increased assessed value of property within the district represents positive growth that benefits the entire community.


PROP R PROJECTS                                                                                                                                 In April of 2018, voters passed Proposition R, which will generate $11.7 million in funding for RGSD. District leadership immediately began utilizing the funds for keyprojects. The progress on Prop R projects includes paying $3 million in debt, installing three rooftop unit HVAC systems and hiring three contractors to complete relevant work. Additionally, a floor replacement, band room renovation and parking lot revamps are set to begin in summer of 2019.



The class of 2019 made significant contributions to the rich history of RGSD. More than 20 graduates earned summa cum laudemagna cum laude or cum laudedistinctions. The class of 2019 built on the success of last year’s class by doubling the amount of students (105) who will continue their education at excellent schools, including University of Missouri-Columbia, Fisk University and St. Louis Community College. Additionally, 2019 graduates earned more than $2.5 million in scholarships. Finally, 10 graduates from the class 0f 2019 have committed to join the military.



Throughout the 2018-19 school year, RGSD established and utilized several key partnerships that led to phenomenal projects. Through a partnership with The Little Bit Foundation, boutiques that provide clothing, toiletries, mentoring, school supplies and much more for students have opened in all 13 RGSD schools. As a result of a partnership with the St. Louis Blues, academic all-star students attended a game and participated in a contest on the ice. Partnerships with Enterprise Bank and Metro St. Louis Community Tax Coalition allowed the district to host free tax preparation and housing resource events for staff and community members. 



In October of 2018, RGSD opened a ground-breaking school-based health center. The innovative facility is located at RGHS. RGSD partnered with CareSTL Health, Christian Hospital Foundation, and Washington University’s Health Equity Works to make the extraordinary project a reality. Riverview Advanced Medical Services (RAMS) will serve as a primary-care health facility for approximately 1,200 students. RAMS provides a full range of primary health services on a sliding-fee scale based on income.



In the fall of 2018, nine RGSD educators, more than any other school district in Missouri, were nominated for national LifeChanger of the Year awards. The following educators were nominated for displaying an extraordinary level of commitment to RGSD students: Clarity Sayre, Jessica Ishmon, Belinda Henderson, Harvey Lockhart, Lisa Thompson, Jarita Williams, Dr. Lanor Payne, Dr. E'mita Williams and Dori Grebas.



In the fall of 2018, RGSD upgraded the district and individual building websites for all 13 schools. Additionally, the district revamped its social media pages. The changes have allowed RGSD to share compelling content with students, parents, staff, and community members on a consistent basis. The district website and social media information can be found below:

Facebook: @Riverview Gardens School District

Twitter: @RGSDNews

Instagram: @riverviewgardensschools