NORMANDY, Mo. (KMOX) – S.B. 125, signed Friday by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, modifies the duties of area school boards and removes a two-year waiting period for state control once a school is deemed unaccredited.
The Missouri Department of Education said Monday that state intervention with the Normandy School District has already began.
“What’s on the table right now is we can install a special administrative board, we can break up the district and give it to other districts, or even close down the district,” Department of Education spokeswoman Sarah Potter says.
Potter says the state has been in constant contact with Normandy’s Board of Education and once the law becomes effective on August 28, the state can step in.
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann praised Nixon’s signing of the law and says he wants to see it acted on immediately with regards to Normandy. He is calling for the appointment of a special administrative board like the one which has been appointed in the St. Louis School District.
“That’s obviously what they did with Riverview Gardens School District but in the case of Riverview Gardens, they had to wait two years,” Ehlmann says. “Now they no longer have to wait two years so I’m going to be writing a letter to the president of the Missouri Board of Education asking him to please get this process started.”
Ehlman says it is unlikely much can done before the start of school at Normandy next month.
“There’s some requirements that hearings be held before any decision is made so I’m asking them to go ahead and start that process immediately. Obviously, there’s little that can be done by the school year that’s beginning next month but we need to be thinking about next year.”