(KMOV) – Francis Howell School District opened the floor Thursday to those with concerns and questions regarding the recent transfer news with Normandy School.
Francis Howell Central’s gym was packed with parents, students and faculty from both Francis Howell and Normandy districts.
Officials heard one emotional plea after another as they weighed in about kids being bused in from north St. Louis County.
The Normandy School District will cover the cost of tuition and transportation per the recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling.
The transfer will provide an opportunity for students to get an education at an accredited school district.
Parents of Francis Howell students sounded off about safety, and the quality of their kids’ education.
Normandy parents said they don’t feel welcome because of the color of their skin.
“We’re living in 1965, in the Francis Howell School District, that’s how I feel," one parent said. "To hear stereotypes and the racial divide was really unbelievable.”
But Francis Howell parents say race isn't the issure for them.
“It had nothing to do with the color of skin," said Paul Wilson, a Francis Howell parent. "It has to do with the environment they were raised in. As far as the security issue; but no I don’t feel like race plays any part in it.”
Classes in the Francis Howell School District start August 8.
A similar situation is playing out at Riverview Gardens, the other unaccredited school who plans to bus students who wish to attend the Mehlville School District.