CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) - The Normandy School District has dropped all lawsuits against the state of Missouri and the proposed state take over and the transfer program.The reason for the change of course is a move the state Board of Education made earlier this week regarding the transfer law. Now the cost of the program for an unaccredited school district will be significantly less. The Normandy School District will no longer be considered unaccredited. It will start from scratch and have a chance to become accredited.
The state is set to replace the current Normandy School District board with a new governing board on July 1st. The district will still serve the same area but will move forward under a new name, the Normandy Schools Collaborative. Many teachers and members of the current administration will remain. This all began last year when the state law allowed 1,000 students from the unaccredited district to transfer to better performing school districts. Normandy was left with a $9 million dollar bill to pay for the program. The district and community were furious. It left the district close to bankruptcy.The current board had called the transfer program unconstitutional. The Department of Education also will require students who want to use the transfer program to have been an actual student in the unaccredited district for at least one semester.
Here's a link to the press release: NSD Board Dismisses Lawsuit(1)