Normandy school officials rally to save district

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI)-Parents of students in the Normandy School District were part of a gathering that was as much a grass roots rally as a meeting, Saturday.  School system officials were briefing them on their plans to save the troubled district from bankruptcy.  But it was immediately clear they consider political action to be as essential as anything.

Normandy is asking lawmakers in Jefferson City to pass legislation giving the district $5 million dollar to help operate and avoid bankruptcy.  The unaccredited district’s loss of students since being required by the state to pay for transfer and tuition has proven crippling.

A quarter of the student body is now attending other schools, with the district footing the bill with $1.5 million they hadn’t budgeted.

Families are trying to maintain hope that the district can recover, but in the current context no district has ever lost and then regained full accreditation.

“I kept my kids in the district,” parent and graduate Greg Robinson said.  “So I’m hoping from the depths of my heart that we can fix this thing and keep Normandy going and going stronger and getting better over the coming years.”

Chris Krehmeyer of Beyond Housing says allowing the district to fail will damage more than just the schools.

“It’s a downward cycle we are trying to stop.  How do you bring people here if the school district is struggling?  How do you increase property values when all these things are happening?  How do you tell businesses we want you to come?”

4 comments

  • byebyetheclown

    I wear a tin foil hat and believe in right wing conspiracies that the tea party and nra are destroying black school districts in st louis. I believe in bigfoot too and the lockness monster because I cant believe Obama has droned 2400 people to death and American citizens

  • travaler wesler

    Even normany needs 5 mill to save the district. THE PROBLEM
    IS HALF OF THEM is doing the oppiste to saving the
    district (mainly students). students don’t want to show up the class,
    putting any thing down on ACT/SAT test (both unecredited districts, show up to class when they fell like it,dont want to know how to read ,write and
    others, thease things are hurting the both districts fights too also hurting the district . right now its even ,but the students will win if its not
    under controll TO ME THE STuDENTS ARE WINNING SO FAR!!!.
    LAST but not least try 2 to 3 weeks whithout artifical foods and junk
    parents will be suprised. trial of 3 weeks this also driving the problem today, they need more disapline from their parents thats another problem. it may take time but it wiil work.(may have to go to war with them.) but any ways parents need to put their foot down to then rather
    the sudents liket or not this will be the only way to help them out. imnot
    saying., but that’s my sugesstions.

  • travaler wesler

    when students are not learn or not trying too its making parents /superitendent 10x harder to go forward. agin this is not easy,this will take months to change both riverview /normany

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