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Some Francis Howell Parents Extend an Olive Branch at Normandy Board Meeting

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The words ‘Francis Howell’ were uttered often at Thursday night’s Normandy school board meeting, which even featured some surprise visitors from across the river.

Parent Carla Yungermann told the crowd their transferring children will be welcome with open arms.

“There are a lot of people in Francis Howell that don’t feel the way you saw the people on the news,” Yungermann said. “Those were the vocal negative people, and I’ve talked to a lot of people, students too, who are going to welcome any students who decide to come.”

Another, Christine Ownby, said “I just wanted to come say hi.”

“If we’re going to get pass all the racist crap in this society then we are all going to have to work together,” she added.

One Normandy mom said that last week’s contentious Francis Howell meeting had her fearing about sending her kids to St. Charles, but now she has reason to reconsider.

Meantime, Normandy schools Superintendent Tyrone McNichols, with only ten days on the job, made the case for parents to stay in unaccredited Normandy and not transfer anywhere.

He cited principals hired away from other districts, new programs, and more.

But Grandmother Delores McMillian says McNichols’ plans for improvement won’t fix the district’s biggest problem, “parents.”

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