ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The Normandy School District has issued a statement in response to the Francis Howell School District's decision not to accept transfer students during the upcoming school year.
Francis Howell made the announcement Friday, citing a policy in place since 2005 which allows them to refuse students from outside the school district, unless directed otherwise by law.
During the 2013-2014 school year approximately 1,000 students from the unaccredited Normandy district were allowed to transfer out of the district, and Normandy picked up the tab for tuition and transportation. Daphne J. Dorsey, a spokesperson for Normandy, says the district paid Francis Howell more than $4 million in tuition and $900,000 for transportation for students who transferred to those schools.
Last month the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to lapse the unaccredited Normandy district as of June 30. On July 1 the state board will launch the Normandy Schools Collaborative, effectively replacing the district.
The Normandy district also dropped a lawsuit Friday challenging the validity of the statute that requires unaccredited school districts like Normandy and Riverview Gardens to pay tuition and transportation costs for students who transfer out.
In a statement released Friday, Superintendent Dr. Ty McNichols says students returning to Normandy will be "welcomed by teachers, staff, administrators and the community."
Some parents are unhappy their children are being forced back to Normandy.
"It would be a setback to send them back to Normandy," said Montez Smith. "It's my job to give them the best quality education."
Riverview Gardens is the other unaccredited district in our area. Those children were sent to the Mehlville and Kirkwood school districts. State law says receiving schools cannot send children from unaccredited schools back home, but they could charge Riverview Gardens less in tuition.
A decision regarding how much Riverview Gardens will have to pay for tuition will be made by June 30.
You can read the entire statement below.