Normandy schools superintendent resigns

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NORMANDY, MO (KTVI) - The head of the Normandy Schools Collaborative is stepping down.

Dr. Ty McNichols submitted a letter of resignation to the NSC’s governing board on Thursday, effective Friday, January 23.

McNichols was hired March 7, 2013 on a three-year contract with an annual salary of $180,000, and started July 1, 2013. The district was unaccredited when McNichols accepted the job.

Last spring, the Missouri Board of Education voted to oversee the district and relaunch the Normandy School District under its current title. Nearly half of the district staff was replaced and teachers were told they would have to spend two, 90-minute training sessions per week.

Dr. Charles Pearson, chairman of the governing board, was named interim superintendent. He has resigned from the board to handle the role. Current board member Andrea Turhune will serve as chairwoman now.

Pearson will receive a $150,000 annual salary, which will be prorated until June 30 or whenever the NSC hires a new superintendent.

“We thank Dr. McNichols for his work in Normandy Schools, and we support the Normandy Joint Executive Governing Board exercising its responsibility in overseeing district leadership,” said Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “We are confident in Dr. Pearson’s ability to successfully lead the district during this time of transition.”

Information from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was used in this report.

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