(KMOV) – The Normandy School District has a $424,000 bill to pay to cover the first month of sending 449 transfer students to the Francis Howell School District, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The August bill was added up according to instructions from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Billing is based on the number of hours transfer students from unaccredited districts attended their new school. Tuition and transportation costs are the main factors.
The earliest Normandy can pay the bill is by the end of the month after it’s approved by the district’s school board.
The DESE said if unaccredited districts like Normandy do not pay for two straight months it would withhold the district’s state aid, instead sending it to the owed district.
In June, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled students from unaccredited districts could transfer to nearby, better performing districts.
In all, 1,189 asked to leave Normandy schools.