Normandy superintendent outlines plans for collaborative district

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NORMANDY, MO (KTVI) - Some parents are raising questions about proposed changes in the state supervised Normandy Collaborative Schools. Superintendent Charles Pearson outlined proposed ideas during a board meeting Thursday night.

Pearson would like to see the district operate one school as a kindergarten center. He also believes the district should change middle schools to seventh and eighth grade only by moving sixth graders into elementary schools. There was also talk about partnerships with UMSL and a focus on evaluating attendance figures.

Pearson said his message to parents is, “We owe them better.”

One resident speaking during a public comment session of Thursday’s board meeting wanted to see more proof the ideas work. One parent claimed some students get credit in some classes just for writing their name on their papers.

Pearson said he’s committed to improving the district. The proposals come at a time when the district is not in the financial shape it would like to be. The financial director laid out a budget saying the district has been in financial survival mode. One big cost is the required tuition payments to other districts. 544 Normandy students have been approved for transfer for the 2015-16 school year.

Pearson hopes districts accepting payment for transfer students will help Normandy in other ways. He said he’s looking into asking them to loan out a teacher, coach or other resources.

Normandy District Restructing Plan

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