FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOX) - While there’s some grumbling from the Francis Howell and Mehlville school districts about the transferring of students from Normandy and Riverview Gardens to their schools, another local district is ready to welcome transfers with open arms.
Superintendent Art McCoy says his Ferguson-Florissant School District wants to extend any support needed to strengthen the two unaccredited districts.
In the words of McCoy, “as the school district goes, so goes the community.”
He says that not only means his schools will accept transfer students, but his district is offering to help the others with data tracking, mentorships, and partnerships between the districts.
“A satellite schooling idea of having after-school partnerships in the school district of Riverview or Normandy as a partnership with our district,” he explains.
McCoy says his district has received calls from about 200 Normandy and Riverview Gardens parents thus far, about the ideal number he would like to see transfer.
McCoy says the transfer process will work best for the students if they have family members who live or work in the district.
“Education is a human affair and connection makes a difference to the quality that you put into the community and the school and what you get out of the whole process,” he said.