UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – When state regulators dissolved the unaccredited Normandy Schools District, that left an opening for districts to turn away Normandy students who had transferred in.

Francis Howell was the first.

Now, University City is the second.

The district’s board voted Thursday to tell students who had already transferred from Normandy that they will not be allowed to return to University City in the fall.

U City school board member Maria Chappelle-Nadal says they found 80 percent of Normandy transfers had basic or below-basic skills:

“They would only weigh down our ability to be fully accredited next year,” she says.

In Mehlville, board president Ron Fedorchak says they’ll obey the law and keep taking students from Riverview Gardens.

“We want to educate children and we want to help take care of the problem,” Fedorchak says.

Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro asked districts to reduce tuition to prevent Riverview from becoming insolvent, but how much they’ll charge for tuition won’t be decided for another month.

University City schools had 82 transfer students from Normandy this year and nine from Riverview Gardens.

Last week, the Francis Howell school district voted to send 350 Normandy students back to that district.

The state education department will take over the Normandy district July 1.

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