NORMANDY, Mo. (KMOX) – The Normandy School Board in St. Louis County has revised an earlier decision and will pay transportation costs for its students to attend accredited schools.
But the district is still refusing to pay tuition costs.
The vote came this morning during a special meeting at the district’s headquarters.
Last week, the Normandy School Board voted to not pay their tuition or transportation bills violating a Missouri Supreme Court ruling requiring them to do so.
Normandy Board President William Humphrey told KMOX the refusal to pay is more of a statement. He said the board believes the money being used to pay students’ tuition could be used elsewhere to benefit the failing district, instead of bankrupting it.
At a town hall meeting Monday parents showed their disapproval of the boards decision. “I don’t feel as if I should have to pay my personal property taxes. If you won’t pay your bill, why should I have to give you my money?” said one woman who transferred her student from Normandy to Lindbergh.
In the special meeting Thursday, the board agreed to pay $108,000 to the bus contractor hired to bus about 440 children to the Francis Howell School District.