Florissant, MO (KSDK) - Pleas from the pulpit in North St. Louis County as pastors and educators asked parents from Normandy and Riverview Gardens to reconsider before transferring their students to other districts.
Shalom Church City of Peace hosted the town hall where superintendents from the two districts and several neighboring districts made a pitch to parents to keep their kids in their home districts.
A recent court ruling upheld the right of students from the unaccredited districts to attend neighboring schools with Riverview Gardens and Normandy paying for tuition and transportation. The superintendents of the two schools laid out their plans to regain accreditation, while pastors and other educators told parents they believe transfers could hurt the larger north county community as money follows the transferring students out of the area.
"I pray that there are parents who will change their minds after tonight," said Reverend Dr. Freddy J. Clark as he opened the meeting that featured superintendents from Riverview Gardens, Normandy, Hazelwood, Ferguson-Florissant and Jennings along with other clergy and at least one law maker.
Both Riverview Gardens and Normandy say about 15 percent of their students have applied for transfers which they say could mean millions of dollars over the course of a couple of years paid to other districts.