ST. CHARLES COUNTY - ( KTVI) Approximately 350 Normandy transfer students could end up returning to the Francis Howell School District. A recent ruling the Francis Howell School District has no choice and must re enroll Normandy students in their school.
Before the start of the school year the Francis Howell School District announced it would no longer accept Normandy transfer students and the students had to return to the newly formed Normandy School Collaborative for the 2014-15 school year. However, with the new court ruling things are about to change . Three weeks ago a St Louis County Circuit Judge ruled Normandy and other area school districts must comply with state law that allows students to leave unaccredited school districts for higher performing ones . "Based on that court ruling every child that want to transfer from Normandy, should be able to transfer to an accredited district, " said Attorney Joshua Schindler.
The Francis Howell School District is requiring a court order for each student wanting to re-enroll district. " Francis Howell is requiring us to go back to court over and over again and list each individual child," said Schindler. Francis Howell was the first to say no to the Normandy transfer students but with the recent court order the Normandy transfer student's attorney says he's not going to stop until every student who wants to be back is back.
The Francis Howell School District did not want to give a comment on the subject in a letter to parents Francis Howell Superintendent Pam Sloan said " Even with the option, many of the transfer students may not come back." “We do not know how many of the eligible students will have an interest in returning,” Sloan wrote. “As always, our school district will comply with all court orders and laws.”
So far,17 Normandy students have been re-enrolled in Francis Howell . Last year the district ended the year with about
430 students from Normandy .