Struggling Normandy district asks students,families for second chance

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 12:19 PM

 (KMOV) – On Thursday evening, community leaders asked students and their families who want out to give Normandy School another chance.

All of the applications are in and more students are trying to leave the unaccredited district.

122 additional students have applied to transfer out of Normandy; bringing the grand total to 1,151 which is more than 20-percent of the student body.

This means a bigger financial hit for the struggling district.

Tuition and transportation for that many students is estimated to cost Normandy about $15 million of the district’s $50 million budget.

With that much on the line, the Normandy Superintendent said he can’t rule out cutting staff or curriculum.

We’ve also learned more Normandy students have applied to be transferred to Francis Howell, putting that total at 453 students.

Board members in the Francis Howell District are wondering how Normandy can survive losing so many students and so much funding. 

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