(KTVI)– The elected board of the Normandy School District met for a final time Thursday night. There were hugs and tears. There were also concerns about a pending state takeover.
A state board will take over the district operations July 1st. The new name for the district will be Normandy Schools Collaborative.
Current board president William Humphrey believes the transition is comparable to a relay runner dropping the baton. He said he`s waiting for the state to live up to a promise of a joint governing board.
“None of the elected board members have been appointed to that group, so it is difficult to run a race when you`re not going to be truthful and forthright about the things that you promise,” said Humphrey.
During its final meeting, the board also voted against paying the tuition bills from students who transferred out of Normandy. When asked why the board voted no, Humphrey declined to elaborate.
Superintendent Tyrone McNichols promised to focus on educating students. He said the student transfer program crippled the district`s finances. Normandy was forced to pay tuition and transportation costs for students leaving the district.
“And for our kids, it disrupted our kids` lives for a whole year,” said McNichols.
Several board members were brought to tears by a video played during their final meeting. It recapped the past year and showed how students, parents and stake holders rallied to support he district.
“Our community came together,” said McNichols. “We`re a strong community. We`re Normandy strong.”