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ST. LOUIS COUNTY – There was big news Friday for any district that receives transfer students from Normandy.

The head of the state's Department of Education wants to drastically reduce the amount of tuition for those transfers.

Chris Nicastro met with superintendents from receiving districts to break down her plan. It changes the way tuition for those transfers is calculated and limits the amount DESE will authorize for Normandy to pay for the transfers, and receiving districts would have little wiggle room.

"The state Board of Education has the authority to establish the tuition for this new district. So their authority is ultimately the final," said Nicastro.

Nicastro says if those districts don't want to take the lower tuition rate, they have a choice of whether to bring those students back.

The Normandy School District released the following statement Friday:

For months, Normandy officials have advocated for a true tuition fix that would have prevented the district from going bankrupt as a result of spending more than $8 million in tuition and transfer payments to nearly 20 nearby school districts during the 2013-2014 school year.
Since we have not received information from Commissioner Nicastro nor the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding the tuition and accreditation status proposals, at this time it is unknown how both measures will impact the district and our students.
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