The Department is doing everything in its power to keep schools open in the Normandy district. The only feasible way to do that is to establish a new district under the oversight of the State Board of Education. A fresh start allows the district to break the cycle of persistent low achievement by making deep and fundamental changes to school operations.
After listening to parents, students, staff and community members, the Department staff and Board members believe the Normandy community has been clear on their expectations and wishes, which include:
- Schools in the community
- Quality education for every child
- Support from the Department, the State and others
Therefore, the State Board created the Normandy Schools Collaborative that will operate schools in the same boundary of the current Normandy School District, effective July 1, 2014. The new entity will be governed by a Joint Executive Governing Board with members appointed by the State Board of Education.
Many of the Board's actions and the Department's recommendations came from the Normandy Transition Task Force established in March 2014 to develop a specific plan for the operation of schools in the Normandy School District should the district lapse. Some of its other recommendations include community partnerships, early childhood education and wraparound services for students and their families. The report the task force created can be viewed here: Transition Task Force Report to State Board.
All current educator contracts for the district will lapse on June 30. Many teachers will receive one year contracts for the 2014-15 school year. The Department will work closely with Normandy administrators to retain personnel moving forward while balancing the needs and expenditures of the district.
Normandy Schools Collaborative Parents
The state is working to create high quality education opportunities within the Normandy Schools Collaborative. We understand this creates uncertainty for students and families, but we will continue to communicate as information becomes available. Summer school will continue, as planned, in the Normandy Schools Collaborative.
Only students who transferred in the 2013-14 school year will be eligible for transfer in 2014-15 and will be eligible only to attend the same school district they attended in 2013-14. In an effort to accommodate families, kindergarten students starting school in 2014-15 are eligible for transfer if they have a sibling who is eligible. Any student who transferred from the Normandy School District to an accredited district in the 2013-14 school year but withdrew from that same school district is no longer eligible to transfer. The ability for students to transfer is based on the new tuition rate to be paid to receiving districts. See the policy below for more information.
The district will have accreditation status as a state oversight district under a waiver from the State Board of Education. This status will remain in effect for three years, and is subject to annual State Board review and renewal. The Department will continuously review student progress. The Joint Executive Governing Board will make quarterly reports to the State Board of Education.
Anyone with questions or in need of general information about the district is asked to call 855-879-3025. Interested parties may also email questions to Normandy@dese.mo.gov.
- Normandy Board Holds First Meeting
- Normandy Schools Collaborative Board Members
- Normandy Finishes Year without Additional State Funds
- Work Continues on Normandy Schools Collaborative
- Statement on Francis Howell Refusal of Normandy Transfer Students
- Statement on Normandy Temporary Restraining Order Dismissal
- Normandy Schools Collaborative to Operate with New Leadership
- Normandy Transition Task Force Delivers Report for School District
- State Board Approves Emergency Action for Normandy School District
- Public Hearing Held at Normandy
- State Sets Public Hearings on Normandy School District
- State Board of Education Starts Long-Term Planning in Unaccredited Districts