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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Normandy officials say it’s too soon to say whether the cost of hundreds of transfer students leaving the district will lead to major budget cuts.

Mick Willis is the assistant superintendent of operations for the district.  He told board members on Wednesday night that he will have a better idea about the 2014-2015 budget this spring.  That’s when the district learns more about how much money from property taxes it will receive.  A final budget recommendation will be made to the board in June.

“Enrollment will drive decisions,” said Willis.  He said staffing levels, the number of buildings a district can operate and the number of services it can provide are largely driven by enrollment.

“We have to pay a lot of attention to enrollment,” said Willis.

Students were allowed to transfer because the Normandy School district failed to meet certain state standards.  Normandy must pay the transfer costs for students leaving.  The bill for the month of September stands at $1.2 million.

Parents we talked with praised the district for their efforts but are concerned over the looming budget decisions.

John Wesby is the parent of a child in the district.  He said parents’ concerns are simple.

“We’re looking for accreditation.”