Chris Nicastro

Normandy Recommendations
5:29 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Normandy Task Force Recommends New Name, New Structure In Current Boundaries

The task force to make recommendations for the future of the Normandy School District has released its report.
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A task force set up to make recommendations for the future of the unaccredited Normandy School District says a new structure with a new name, within the current boundaries of the district, should be set up. It would report directly to the state board of education.

The Normandy School District was classified as unaccredited as of Jan. 1, 2013.

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St. Louis Public Schools
2:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

State Board Of Education Extends SAB Control Of St. Louis Public Schools For Two More Years

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said that extending SAB control over the St. Louis Public Schools was the best thing for the students.
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The state-appointed Special Administrative Board (SAB) for St. Louis Public Schools will maintain oversight of the provisionally accredited district through June 2016. 

The state Board of Education unanimously approved the extension during its meeting today in Jefferson City. The SAB had been set to expire in June of this year. 

Education Commission Chris Nicastro said even though the district has had some academic ups and downs under the SAB’s tenure, keeping it in place would allow officials to gauge whether school improvement efforts are taking root. 

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Normandy finances
3:36 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Missouri Senate Advances Smaller Subsidy For Normandy Schools

The Normandy transition task force to plan for Normandy’s future will be holding several meetings in the coming weeks.
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As a task force continues its work on how the Normandy School District will operate next school year, lawmakers are moving ahead on appropriating money to help the district finish the current year without going broke.

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Normandy School District
4:46 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Normandy Transition Panel Will Now Hold Public Meetings

The state has named a task force to consider the future of the Normandy School District.
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A task force formed to make recommendations on the future of the Normandy School District will be conducting its future business in public, state education officials said Thursday.

The 10-member panel was named by Chris Nicastro, Missouri’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education, at the direction of the state board of education. The group held its first meeting on Monday without public notice and planned to continue meeting in private, according to its chair, Carole Basile, who is dean of the school of education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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Normandy task force
5:06 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Panel On Normandy's Future Begins Meeting In Private

Chris Nicastro
Credit DESE website

A state-appointed task force charged with mapping the future of the Normandy School District has begun meeting in private to come up with recommendations for state school officials by the time the legislative session ends in May.

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Education
10:23 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Lesson Plans: Lawmakers Work On Sweeping School Proposals

Whether the Senate or House version, the legislature is likely to pass sweeping education bill.

With the Missouri legislature approaching its spring break, the Senate has passed a sweeping education bill designed to deal with struggling schools and transfers from unaccredited districts, and a bill addressing similar issues is ready for debate in the House.

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DESE public meeting
10:05 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Public Has Its Say On Missouri School Accreditation Plan

Chris Nicastro
Credit DESE website

Missouri education officials say their plan that was the subject of public comment at a meeting Tuesday night is designed to prevent school districts from losing accreditation in the future.

But for most of the night, the speakers and the audience were more concerned with what is going to happen to a district that already is unaccredited and is in danger of going out of business altogether: Normandy.

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Normandy school board
2:43 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Normandy Board Member Wants His Colleagues Voted Out

Terry Artis
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Updated 5:35 p.m. Tues, Feb. 25, with response from Humphrey:

Terry Artis, an outspoken member of the Normandy School District, says voters should oust three of his incumbent colleagues at the April 8 elections because they are not working in the best interests of the district.

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Education
3:17 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Missouri Board Of Education To Take Over Normandy's Finances

Normandy superintendent Ty McNichols
Normandy website

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri State Board of Education surprised the Normandy School District Tuesday by voting to take over its finances in a bid to bolster chances that the district would get $5 million in emergency funds to help it finish the school year.

The state Board also directed the education commissioner to appoint a transition task force immediately to develop a plan for the operation of the Normandy Schools starting in July 2014, if the General Assembly fails to appropriate additional funds for the district, and if the district lapses.

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State board session
5:50 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts

The current the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts propelled much of the discussion at a working session of the Missouri board of education.
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JEFFERSON CITY -- From the start of Monday’s six-hour session considering a variety of ways to help struggling schools, the head of the Missouri board of education emphasized that the state is concerned about long-range, broad-based policy, not the operations of individual districts.

But as board members heard a number of presentations on suggested reforms, the talk returned time and again to the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts and the impact on the students who live there.

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