State officially takes over struggling Normandy School District

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 4:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 6:53 AM

(KMOV.com) – The state of Missouri took over the unaccredited Normandy School District on Tuesday.

The district is being dissolved by the state and replaced by the renamed Normandy Schools Collaborative under state oversight but with no accreditation status. That change allows other districts to turn away Normandy transfers.

The state will be hiring teachers and staff from scratch, which means teachers who already work there must re-apply for their jobs.

Under the new plan, the current superintendent will keep his job. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has said state education officials will make decisions with local input.

Normandy students who had transferred to other districts can attend the school in which they transferred to, however, officials recently placed new limits on transferring to save costs.

The Ferguson-Florissant School Board most recently voted unanimously to uphold a district policy prohibiting non-resident students from enrolling in the district.

The vote follows similar decisions in University City and the Francis Howell system in St. Charles County. Five other county school systems will allow Normandy transfer students to remain in the upcoming academic year.

Normandy encompasses 24 municipalities and unincorporated areas of St. Louis County and has been unaccredited since the start of 2013. Education officials say more than 930 students transferred from Normandy this year, and the financial strain prompted state government to approve extra funding to ensure the district makes it through the current academic year.

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