Ferguson-Florissant schools won't accept Normandy transfer students

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 4:31 AM

(KMOV.com) – The Ferguson Florissant School District announced it will not accept transfers from the Normandy School District for the upcoming school year.

Around 100 Normandy students attended Ferguson Florissant during the 2013-2014 school year. 59 asked to come back, but parents of the students seeking to return were told Monday they were not welcome back. Ferguson Florissant joins two other districts, University City and Francis Howell, which have decided not to allow transfer students from Normandy to return in 2014-2015.

"Because of what the state has done, I don't know what else to tell them," said Normandy School Board Member Terry Artis. "The way it is unfolding, no one understands what is going on. I honestly believe the state doesn't understand what's going on at all. They are just flying by the seat of their pants."

The state stepped in after so many students left  Normandy schools, causing the district to need a bailout from the state to keep from running out of money. 

Under state law, the school districts that accepted transfer students do not have to re-admit them because Normandy schools are currently under state control. Normandy School District officials told News 4 students who were not part of the transfer program in 2013-2014 will not be allowed to be a part of the program in the future.

“They just built a brand new school. Why transfer all those kids now they’re trying to get them back. It’s a waste of time and money,” said Normandy resident Fannie Brady.

Despite the decision of several other districts, Parkway Schools said they will continue to accept transfer students. 

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