NORMANDY, MO (KTVI)-- Hundreds of concerned Normandy School parents gathered Wednesday night for a meeting about a new controversial transfer program.
As a result of a Missouri Supreme Court ruling any student in a poor performing district can transfer to a better performing district.
More than 500 Normandy School District students are expected to transfer to surrounding districts.
About 200 of them will got to the Francis Howell School District.
That district held a similar meeting last week.
One parent at that meeting said she wanted the district to install metal detectors before Normandy School District students arrive.
Teresa Hunt, who is a Normandy parent, called the comment "wrong."
"It is just not right to do that," she said. "These are students."
Chad Lange is a Francis Howell School District parent. He attended both meetings.
"I did not get a chance to speak at the Francis Howell meeting, so came here to tell everyone that that comment is not how everyone in the Francis Howell District feels," he said. "It is the law, and the transfer students are welcome."
Normandy School District parents said Lange's comments made the feel "better" about the possibility to transferring their children to the Francis Howell School District.
The district will also have to send money along with the transferring students.
Tuition at Francis Howell District Schools is about $11,000.
About 3,200 students are expected to remain in the Normandy School District.
The new superintendent said that he was focusing on the "remaining" students.
"We are sending a lot of students and resources away," Ty McNichols said.
The transfer application deadline is Aug. 1.