NORMANDY, MO (KTVI)-- Normandy School District officials were put on the spot during a hearing called by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The under-performing district was asked to lay out a plan to stay open and regain its accreditation.
It includes layoffs, early retirements and at least one school closure.
District officials say the cuts are the result of the costly transfer program.
Hundreds of people attended the hearing including Normandy Alum Laurence Maroney.
He starred at running back for the NFL's New England Patriots.
He graduated from Normandy a decade ago, and still believes the district can be saved.
"This is where it began for me and if it falls my legacy falls," he said.
The district will look to outside investors and is also hoping to get at least $6.8 Million in state aid.