NORMANDY, MO (KTVI) – On Tuesday, the Missouri Board of Education voted to dissolve the financially strapped, unaccredited Normandy School District.
Even though the current Normandy will be lapsed, the geographical boundaries, and Normandy name, will remain with the new district, which will be called the “Normandy Schools Collaborative”. Proud alumni, students and parents feel that’s at least one piece of good news.
Fox 2 caught up with several community members at Normandy High School, as they returned from Columbia, where they heard the news from the Missouri Board of Education, firsthand.
Parent and alumna Tamar Shepherd explains, “I’m grateful that they’re allowing our children to remain in their home base, in their district. We have a lot of great opportunities to work with.”
The plan dictates that on July 1st, a new appointed board will replace the elected school board. All faculty and staff will have to re-apply in order to keep their jobs.
Barack Obama Elementary Parent Liaison Ellsworth Wellmaker hopes some good will come out of these changes: “I’m hoping that this plan will bring necessary resources into the district, in terms of money, outside stakeholders, wraparound services, and everything needed to turn a district around that has been struggling like ours has.”
Even though many are glad that Normandy will get to keep its identity, some were upset that the school transfer mandate meant that so much money left the school district to begin with, and led to these desperate measures.
Normandy resident and grandparent Betty Jackson says, “To take our tax money and send the kids someplace else, they could’ve used that tax money and done something for here.”
“I am very disappointed, but we’ll keep our faith,” adds fellow grandparent Marjorie Simms.
Questions remain as to whether the new Normandy will still be unaccredited, and whether students will still be able to transfer.
The state Board of Education will meet again in June, and at that point, there should be more clarity on these issues.