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Normandy Education Meeting Leaves More Questions Than Answers

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Hundreds of attendees listen to Normandy School District and state education officials at Normandy High School on November 11, 2013.

Hundreds of attendees listen to Normandy School District and state education officials at Normandy High School on November 11, 2013.

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NORMANDY, Mo. (KMOX) - Hundreds of people packed a Normandy High School auditorium Monday night for a meeting between the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Normandy School District.

Several parents made signs, calling on education officials to “protect our kids” and “support neighborhood schools.”

Parent Lavon Hamilton says she wants the transfer program to end so money stays in the district.

“The resources are leaving the community, therefore the children that are left behind have no outlet,” she said.

In June, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld a decades-old state law allowing students in unaccredited districts to transfer and requiring the unaccredited district to pay the tuition of transferring students. Normandy chose to send its buses to Francis Howell.

Normandy Middle School teacher Judy David-Edwards says she doesn’t want to see the students transfer away from Normandy.

“Why do our children have to transfer from their own community to another community to get a good education like everybody else?” she asked. She says if the district had more money there would be better teachers and more resources for the students, and the district could regain its accreditation.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education officials told parents they came to listen and would have another meeting on Dec. 11.

State Rep. Clem Smith, D-St. Louis, says he came to listen to what the department had to say because there are more questions than answers.

“The community has questions about if the district’s going to dissolve, what’s going to happen with the student-to-teacher ratio in the classrooms, what’s going to happen with the transfer situation and also possible with any additional money from the state,” Clem said.

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