New Normandy Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Pearson

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – How do you fix the Normandy School District? The state intervened last year to keep it from closing. Forty-five percent of the staff was replaced and teachers were required to spend three hours a week in training.

A year later, parents say the district has actually gotten worse. There are still not enough teachers, the honors program was dropped, and the lack of funding and a fear of closure still looms.

Last week, Dr. Charles Pearson was named the new superintendent out of 17 finalists. He was a board member of the state's collaborative and had served as interim superintendent since January, so he's at least familiar with Normandy's troubles.

Pearson, who helped turn around the Maplewood-Richmond Heights school districts a decade ago, visited Fox 2 News in the Morning to discuss his efforts to repair and improve the district.