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Public hearing held on Wellston schools

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Missouri education officials will be in the St. Louis County suburb of Wellston Saturday. They're holding a public hearing on the accreditation of the school district.

The Wellston schools lost state accreditation two years ago because of poor standardized test scores and a high dropout rate.

Missouri education department spokesman Jim Morris says the two-year deadline to regain accreditation is June 30th.

"The state board of education could attach the school district to another school district, or it could appoint a special administrative board to govern the district on an interim basis," Morris said.

Last year the district's high school math and reading scores showed dramatic improvement. But investigators later found irregularities in the testing process.

Wellston is the only unaccredited district in Missouri.