Chris Nicastro http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri School Board Loosens Normandy Transfer Rules http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-school-board-loosens-normandy-transfer-rules <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(Updated at 3:46 p.m. with revised transfer policy)</span></strong></p><p>JEFFERSON CITY – With its president acknowledging that an earlier vote was an overreaction, the Missouri state board of education reversed itself Tuesday and broadened the terms under which students living in Normandy may transfer to nearby accredited districts in the upcoming school year.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:46:19 +0000 Dale Singer 38258 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri School Board Loosens Normandy Transfer Rules Normandy Board Starts Planning For New School Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-board-starts-planning-new-school-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the dramas of the state takeover and the uncertainty of student transfers have mostly passed, the board of the new Normandy Schools Collaborative started working Monday night on their main goal: Raising student achievement.</span></p><p>Missouri's education commissioner Chris Nicastro sat at the board table while some of her assistants presented detailed plans on how to evaluate teaching and learning. The five board members heard the state’s plans for turning the district around.</p><p>In their presentation, the process was described this way:</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:27:00 +0000 Dale Singer 37855 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Board Starts Planning For New School Year New Normandy Begins With Advice, Determination To Change http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-normandy-begins-advice-determination-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before he gave the oath of office to the five appointed members of the new board of the Normandy Schools Collaborative Tuesday, state school board vice president Mike Jones also gave them some advice.</span></p><p>First, he told them that what they are doing is not community service, it is public service.</p><p>The difference?</p><p>“The community is always grateful for your service,” Jones said. “The public always is not.”</p><p>Then, he noted that while the Missouri state school board may have confirmed their appointments, the big job ahead is theirs.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:06:50 +0000 Dale Singer 37696 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Normandy Begins With Advice, Determination To Change Nicastro Explains Normandy Decisions; Ferguson-Florissant Drops Normandy Transfers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nicastro-explains-normandy-decisions-ferguson-florissant-drops-normandy-transfers <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Updated at 9:24 a.m. Monday with more district decisions about Normandy transfers.</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the Normandy school district is about to give way to the Normandy Schools Collaborative, Missouri’s education commissioner is addressing criticism about how the transition has been handled.</span></p><p>Chris Nicastro’s response: The decisions that have been made represent the best available from a list of bad options.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:24:01 +0000 Dale Singer 37599 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nicastro Explains Normandy Decisions; Ferguson-Florissant Drops Normandy Transfers With District About To Lapse, Elected Normandy Board Holds Final Meeting http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/district-about-lapse-elected-normandy-board-holds-final-meeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With some anger, some defiance and some celebration, the elected board of the Normandy school district held its final meeting Thursday night.</span></p><p>On Tuesday, the district will be replaced by the Normandy Schools Collaborative, to be run by a board whose members have not yet all been appointed. Ty McNichols is set to remain as superintendent, but he and other administrators will be working without contracts.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:17:11 +0000 Dale Singer 37570 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org With District About To Lapse, Elected Normandy Board Holds Final Meeting 'What Am I Supposed To Do?' Ask Some Parents In Normandy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/what-am-i-supposed-do-ask-some-parents-normandy <p>While policy debates and legal battles swirl around the new Normandy school district, Savonna Stacey has a more personal question:</p><p>Where can her son attend first grade when the new school year starts?</p><p>The Stacey family lives in the Normandy school district, and last summer, Stacey took advantage of the state law that lets students living in unaccredited districts enroll in nearby accredited ones. She enrolled Jonathan in kindergarten in Ritenour.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:25:06 +0000 Dale Singer & Tim Lloyd 37281 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'What Am I Supposed To Do?' Ask Some Parents In Normandy Missouri School Board Limits Normandy Transfers, Appoints Some Members To New Governing Panel http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-school-board-limits-normandy-transfers-appoints-some-members-new-governing-panel <p>JEFFERSON CITY — More than 130 students whose families moved into the Normandy School&nbsp;District last summer to be able take advantage of the school transfer program will be shut out of the program this coming school year under a policy adopted by the state board of education Monday.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:11:39 +0000 Dale Singer 37262 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri School Board Limits Normandy Transfers, Appoints Some Members To New Governing Panel Nicastro Picks Normandy's New Board Members Today http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nicastro-picks-normandys-new-board-members-today <p><em>Updated 2:03 p.m.</em></p><p>Here are three names of new board members, confirmed by St. Louis Public Radio:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><p class="s7" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span class="s6"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Reginald Dickson, Normandy resident/serves on board of Beyond Housing</span></span></p></li><li><p class="s7" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Charles Pearson, retired administrator/resident/Task Force</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Dale Singer 37235 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nicastro Picks Normandy's New Board Members Today State Plan For Normandy Includes Tuition Cap, No New Transfers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-plan-normandy-includes-tuition-cap-no-new-transfers <p>Missouri education officials are going to recommend that under the new Normandy school entity, which takes effect July 1, students who have transferred from that district to nearby accredited districts would still be able to do so, but tuition rates would be capped at about $7,200. No new transfers would be allowed.</p><p>Under the state plan, the transportation situation for transfer students would stay the same.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:55:23 +0000 Dale Singer 36780 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State Plan For Normandy Includes Tuition Cap, No New Transfers Missouri Board Of Education Approves Replacing Normandy School District With New Organization http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-board-education-approves-replacing-normandy-school-district-new-organization <p><strong>(Updated at 4:54 p.m., Tues., May 20)</strong></p><p>COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to replace the Normandy School District with a new entity with the same boundaries but run by an appointed board, effective July 1.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 18:37:48 +0000 Dale Singer 36291 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Board Of Education Approves Replacing Normandy School District With New Organization