ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – Ritenour School District is the latest district to announce that it will send Normandy students back to their home district for the 2014-2015 school year.
With Normandy School Collaborative being formed in a non-accredited status as of July 1, Ritenour will not allow non-resident students enroll in the district. Normandy School District, which was listed as unaccredited and allowed the transfers, dissolved June 30.
Previously, University City, Ferguson-Florissant and Francis Howell previously announced a similar measure.
Ritenour Superintendent Chris Kilbride released the following statement to Ritenour parents:
Dear Ritenour Community,
I wanted to share with you an important update on the Normandy transfer program. Because the Normandy Schools Collaborative does not have an accreditation status, Ritenour School District has made the decision to adhere to its existing policy on admission of non-resident students. This policy dictates that Ritenour can no longer accept Normandy students who applied to re-enroll in Ritenour for the 2014-15 school year because their home district is no longer unaccredited.
We recognize that this decision is disappointing to the families of 78 Normandy students who applied to re-enroll in Ritenour schools. The decision was not made lightly.
Ritenour has always believed that the foundation of a strong community is its public school system. Over the past year, Ritenour has worked with Missouri legislators and education leaders to help struggling school districts regain accreditation status. We fully support the Normandy Schools Collaborative as it works in new ways to attain accreditation and strengthen its community.
Dr. Chris Kilbride
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