Francis Howell School District

Student Transfers
9:17 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Restrictions Eased For Normandy School Transfers

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

As legal efforts continue to open the Francis Howell school district to students who want to transfer from Normandy, a new policy shift has increased the pool of students able to transfer to any local accredited district.

The move raises new concerns about the financial survival of Normandy, which was taken over by the state after transfer costs drove it to the brink of bankruptcy last school year.

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School transfers
9:01 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Francis Howell Could Get Up To 350 Normandy Students

Francis Howell Superintendent Pam Sloan
Credit Francis Howell website

The superintendent of the Francis Howell school district says that if court rulings continue to favor transfers from the new Normandy Schools Collaborative, as many as 350 students could end up returning to Francis Howell.

Last year, Howell ended the year with 430 students who had transferred under the law that says students living in an unaccredited school district can transfer to nearby accredited districts. Normandy had designated Francis Howell as the district to which it would pay tuition, so most students who left Normandy transferred there.

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Transfer Law
5:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Judge Clears More Normandy Students To Transfer Elsewhere

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio

After a hearing in St. Louis County Circuit Court Wednesday, Judge Michael Burton cleared the way for 13 more students to transfer out of the Normandy school district.

Burton had ruled last week that the Missouri state school board had acted improperly when it made changes that exempted students who live in Normandy from the benefits of Missouri’s school transfer law. As a result, he said, Normandy’s status should remain as unaccredited, and students should have the right to transfer to nearby accredited schools.

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Unaccredited Districts
8:43 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Parents Of Normandy Transfer Students Wait To See If Districts Will Follow Francis Howell’s Lead

From left, Andre', Anandra, BrenNae and SheRon Chaney stand on the porch of their family home in Pasadena Park in north St. Louis County.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Anxiety crept through SheRon Chaney when she heard that the Francis Howell School District would no longer accept about 350 transfer students from Normandy who were signed up to continue in the program. 

“Last year we were hopeful, this year we’re fearful,” she said. 

Chaney transferred her middle school aged daughter BrenNae to Maplewood Richmond Heights last year.  And even though Francis Howell’s decision —  made during a closed session of its school board — doesn’t affect her directly, it has Chaney and hundreds of other parents holding their breath.  

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Transfer Ruling Anniversary
9:11 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

One Year Later, No End In Sight To School Transfer Turmoil

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One year ago Wednesday, the Missouri Supreme Court threw the lives of thousands of students, teachers, parents and school administrators into a turmoil that shows no signs of stopping.

By unanimously overturning a lower court ruling and allowing students in unaccredited school districts to transfer to nearby accredited schools, the court enforced a 20-year-old law in a way that no one had foreseen would ever happen.

As a result:

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School Transfers
3:42 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

A Mostly Smooth First Day For Transferred Newcomers At Francis Howell Schools

Buses at Hollenbeck Middle School in the Francis Howell School District prepare to take students home after the first day of school.
(Erin Williams/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 4:45 p.m. with comments from Francis Howell Central principal Sonny Arnel. Updated 5:39 p.m. with comments from parents and students.

Some transportation hiccups aside, the first day in the Francis Howell School District in St. Charles County appears to have gone smoothly.

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Francis Howell/Normandy Busing
12:17 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Francis Howell Parents Express Outrage Over Incoming Normandy Students

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

The Francis Howell School district is scrambling to accommodate St. Louis County's Normandy School students after a recent State Supreme Court ruling that students from unaccredited schools can be bussed to accredited schools in the same or adjacent counties.

Nearly three thousand parents attended a Francis Howell forum Thursday night to voice their concerns.

For almost three hours, parents raised a variety of issues - how it'll be paid for, how it will impact test scores and accreditation - but there was one concern that dwarfed all the others: security.

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Morning round-up
9:18 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Morning headlines: Mo. House gives first-round approval for local control of the STL police, Francis Howell to cut 100 jobs, Il trooper workers comp denied, 5th mountain lion sighting confirmed

The Mo. House has given first-round approval to legislation that would return control of the St. Louis Police Department to the city. (SLPRnews)
  • The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would return control of the St. Louis Police Department to the city. The department has been under state control since the Civil War. Last year, the bill fell 12 votes short of first-round approval, but this year it passed overwhelmingly, with more than 75 percent of lawmakers voting yes. Supporters added a new argument this year: that it doesn't make sense to subsidize the St. Louis Police Department while having to cut the state budget in other areas.
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