Teacher layoffs looming as Normandy District fights to pay transfer bills

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 6:14 PM

 (KMOV) – Some teachers are likely to lose their jobs to prevent the Normandy School District from going broke before the end of the school year.

Those are some of the steps the district plans to take to offset the high cost of paying for more than 1,000 students who transferred to other school districts.

A second meeting with teachers was held Wednesday evening to tell them how the district plans to cut costs ahead of Thursday night’s school board meeting.

When asked if teachers were going to be laid off, Daphne Dorsey, a spokesperson for the district said, “I can’t comment on that, I can only tell you we are going to be presenting a final plan to address our budget at tomorrow’s meeting.”

The district estimates the cost of tuition and transportation for students who transferred to be $13 to $15 million with $2.2 million already paid out to the transfer district. At this rate, the district will run out of money by March unless something changes.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has asked the state legislature to do an emergency appropriation of $6.75 million for the Normandy District. But the district can’t wait to find out if they get that money next year and have to take steps to cut costs now. All of these cost-cutting measures will be laid out in full at the school board meeting starting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

“We’re grateful that DESE has asked for that assistance for us and so we’re hoping that will help us. But if we do nothing we do run the risk of running out of money,” said Dorsey.

The other unaccredited district dealing with this extra transferring student cost is Riverview Gardens but their reserves are large enough to at least get through the school year.

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