Mo. State Board of Education to announce plans for Normandy's future

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 7:40 PM

 (KMOV) -- The Normandy School District is at the center of the state’s transfer controversy, working under the threat of insolvency and in the need of millions of tax dollars.

The State Board of Education will unveil its plan for the future of the district next month and Normandy officials don’t like what they are hearing.

“I have no faith in the state will assist in having this district survive,” said Normandy School Board member, Henry Watts.

Both of his daughters graduated from Normandy and his grandson is there now. After hearing from state officials on Wednesday, he believes the Missouri Board of Education is already decided to close the district.

Watt said he thinks the state board will use existing buildings and turn them into charter schools, taking control away from Normandy School Board.

Governor Jay Nixon is on record supporting local control.

News 4’s Steve Savard sat down with Governor Nixon, “there is a real fear those schools will be turned into charter schools.  In your mind is that a real logical or productive resolution?”

“With the way this arose with the challenges of a very tight time frame. To not put those dollars in to get them through this school year would put at risk, I think.   The education of the 3,000 students that are still at Normandy,” said Governor Nixon.

"I don't want my grandson to be the last one to say.. What was your high school.. It was Normandy, said Watts.

The Normandy School Board will make its own proposal to state officials outlining its plan for the district. The district has never had financial problems, until it had to pay for student transfers.

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