JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - Missouri State Board of Education officials have proposed a $6.1 billion budget that includes an additional $6.8 million to help the unaccredited Normandy School District make it through the year.
A spokesperson for the Normandy School District said the state board, not the district, made the request for the money. In fact, the district was unaware the request would be made.
Normandy is projected to run out of money in March. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the Missouri Legislature must approve the education budget.
“When a school district runs out of money, they dissolve and students are actually reassigned to other districts,” Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Communications Director Sarah Potter said. “So that’s what we would be looking at if we did not receive additional funding for Normandy.”
Potter says her department doesn’t have a backup plan yet in case lawmakers turn down the funding.
“The department feels that it is important for these students to be able to finish out their school year,” she said. “They would be more than halfway through, they would only have a couple months left. We would hate to disrupt their education.”
Consultants hired to create a plan to help unaccredited schools are slated to submit that plan by January of 2014.