• ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It was the first day of the 2012-2013 school year in the St. Louis Public School District today and SPLS officials say attendance was way up.


    20,283 kindergarten through 12th-grade students attended class today, a 10% increase over last year’s attendance of 18,397.


    In a press release, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kelvin Adams applauded the increase in attendance.


    “The first day of school went very well,” Adams said. “I am pleased to see our attendance rate increase for the first time in recent memory. In fact, we had many students enroll today and we will continue to enroll students each and every day.”


    Today also marked the first day at three new schools which have opened in place of the six Imagine Charter Schools which closed earlier this year: The Academy of Environmental Science & Mathematics Elementary and Middle Schools and College Preparatory High School at Madison.


    Preschool across the district will begin next Monday, August 20.