Francis Howell won’t take any more Normandy students
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -Normandy students who were attending the Francis Howell School District as transfers from their unaccredited district won’t be allowed to return in the fall. The Francis Howell School Board has decided to stop accepting “nonresident” tuition-paying students.
The decision comes after Monday’s decision by the Missouri State Board of Education to reconstitute the Normandy District as the Normandy Schools Collaborative and eliminate its “unaccredited” status. Francis Howell issued a statement Friday saying that effectively removed “the legal requirement for districts to accept Normandy transfer students.”
No more students will be allowed to transfer from the newly formed Normandy Schools Collaborative. All transfer applications from Normandy students for the 2014-2015 year that were pending are now void.
Additionally, students who transferred from the unaccredited school district to a better performing school district can be sent back at the discretion of those districts. Parents of students who transferred other districts last year need to contact those districts to find out if their students will be sent back to Normandy.
The Francis Howell School District is the first to state that it will send all of transfers back to Normandy.
The state is in the process of setting up the new Normandy Schools Collaborative, which will serve students in the same area that the Normandy School District did for years. As a new collaborative, it will not be considered unaccredited.
Normandy School District released a statement Friday afternoon. It reads:
“Today, the Normandy School District received notification that the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) will no longer accept nonresident tuition paying students for the 2014-15 school year. The hundreds of Normandy students who participated in the transfer program this year at Francis Howell will once again be welcomed by teachers, staff, administrators and the community of the Normandy Schools Collaborative. “Our focus and mission remains the same as the new Normandy Schools Collaborative – to ensure that every student is successful inside the classroom by reaching their full academic potential,” said Dr. Ty McNichols, superintendent of schools. “We look forward to the upcoming school year.”