Another District Says No to Normandy Transfers
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A third suburban St. Louis County school district says it will no longer accept transfer students from the Normandy system now that a state law has changed that struggling district's accreditation status.
The Ferguson-Florissant School Board says it voted unanimously to uphold a district policy prohibiting non-resident students from enrolling in the district. The vote follows similar decisions in University City and the Francis Howell system in St. Charles County.
The unaccredited Normandy district is being dissolved by the state and replaced by the renamed Normandy Schools Collaborative under state oversight but with no accreditation status. That change allows other districts to turn away Normandy transfers.
A Normandy School District spokesperson said the administration acknowledged how the decisions of other school districts may be effecting Normandy families.
Normandy School District Superintendent Dr. Ty McNichols said the district is working to prepare for the upcoming year.
"The focus will be on strong academics that promotes a culture of successful learning and high achievement for all students. Additionally, there will be strong emphasis on support system to ensure our students are thriving now and in the future," said Dr. Ty McNichols.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that five other county school systems will allow Normandy transfer students to remain in the upcoming academic year.
Updated: Story updated to include quotes.