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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Normandy School District is suing the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education over the transfer law, but the state has oversight over the district’s finances.

This afternoon, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education notified Normandy that expenses related to the lawsuit would not be approved.

In a statement, the Department noted that an oversight plan was provided to the Normandy District on Feb. 26, 2014, that called for Department approval of all expenditures of the district.

“Further, it called for the District to notify the Department and gain approval before extending any new contracts or handling any unanticipated financial obligations,” the statement reads. “The district did not notify the Department of the cost to file such a suit. This action violates the terms in which the local school board would remain in place through the end of the school year.”

“Normandy’s finances are very fragile, and we need to make every effort to allow students to finish the school year in June,” said Deputy Commissioner Ron Lankford.

The Department also said it has not received the lawsuit and cannot comment on its merits.

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