(KMOV.com) -- The Normandy School Board on Thursday approved payment for September student transfer transportation costs.
Six of the seven board members approved the vote to make payment to First Student, while one member abstained.
Normandy School Board President William Humphrey explained the contract for transportation was previously approved in August, so it should not have been included in the motion during last week’s meeting.
“We made a contract, we have to pay it,” said Normandy School Board Member Nancy Hartman.
A Missouri Supreme Court ruling requires unaccredited districts to pay transportation and tuition costs for students who transfer to better-performing districts. Normandy board members voted last week not to pay.
In a special meeting Thursday, the board agreed to pay $108,000 to the bus contractor hired to bus about 440 children to the Francis Howell School District. The board did not reconsider the $1.3 million in September tuition payments for the 1,000 or so students who have left to go to Francis Howell and 13 other districts.