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Normandy School Officials Lay Out Plan To Regain Accreditation

Brett Blume
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9/19/12-Normandy schools superintendent Dr. Stanton Lawrence speaks during Wednesday morning's press conference at district headquarters. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

9/19/12-Normandy schools superintendent Dr. Stanton Lawrence speaks during Wednesday morning’s press conference at district headquarters. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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NORMANDY, Mo. (KMOX) –  Now that they’re facing the loss of state accreditation as of January 1st, what are Normandy School District officials planning to do about it?

Plenty, according to superintendent Dr. Stanton Lawrence.

He held a press conference Wednesday morning at district headquarters to unveil their recovery plan.

Lawrence said they’re still not happy with DESE’s decision to strip the district of accreditation after determining that it had earned credit on just 5 of 14 state performance standards.

However, he added, they’re determined to meet rigorous state mandates to get back in DESE’s good graces.

“While our initial reaction was extreme disappointment in what we all felt was an immensely unfair decision, we have to remember that the children we are charged with educating must remain our top priority at all times,” Lawrence said.

When pressed for specifics of the plan, Lawrence brought his chief academic officer Candice Carter-Oliver to the podium.

She said step one is to align the district’s cirriculum with more rigorous “common core state standards”.

“We’ve also developed reading strategies across all content areas and disciplines, and literacy across the cirriculum,” Carter-Oliver pointed out.

Officials are also appealing to the state to take another look at the district’s graduation rate, which could provide Normandy schools with the 6th academic point needed to retain partial accreditation.

The state of Missouri could step in and take over operations of the Normandy School District if substantial academic improvements aren’t made by Jan. 1, 2015.

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