St. Louis Public Schools is stepping up its efforts to sell vacant buildings the district owns.
Enrollment in St. Louis Public Schools peaked at 115,543 in 1967 but stands at just 26,000 this year. Numbers have gradually fallen as students have moved to suburban districts and enrolled at charter schools, and 45 district buildings have been vacated in the last 10 years.
The district is seeking buyers for 21 of its vacant schools. Several of the buildings are left in disrepair, though, and many are located on the north side of St. Louis, where developers are generally less confident about investing.