Normandy School District

Normandy School District
9:27 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Normandy Board Starts Planning For New School Year

Ty McNichols
Credit Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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.

In their presentation, the process was described this way:

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New Normandy Board
5:06 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

New Normandy Begins With Advice, Determination To Change

Mike Jones
Credit DESE website

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.

First, he told them that what they are doing is not community service, it is public service.

The difference?

“The community is always grateful for your service,” Jones said. “The public always is not.”

Then, he noted that while the Missouri state school board may have confirmed their appointments, the big job ahead is theirs.

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Normandy board
5:05 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

New Normandy School Board Is Completed; Pattonville Rejects Normandy Transfers

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Updated at 10:17 a.m. Tuesday with Pattonville decision, DESE comment on vacation days.

The Missouri state board of education filled out the new board for the Normandy Schools Collaborative Monday by adding Sheila Williams, a member of the elected school board, and Andrea Terhune, a former IT executive with Enterprise.

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Normandy School District
9:24 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Nicastro Explains Normandy Decisions; Ferguson-Florissant Drops Normandy Transfers

Missouri's education commissioner is hoping that the change from the Normandy School District to the Normandy Schools Collective brings success.
Stephanie Zimmerman

Updated at 9:24 a.m. Monday with more district decisions about Normandy transfers.

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.

Chris Nicastro’s response: The decisions that have been made represent the best available from a list of bad options.

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University City Schools
5:23 am
Fri June 27, 2014

University City Says No To Normandy Transfers

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Updated at 5:07 p.m., Fri., June 27.    

The University City School District’s board voted Thursday evening no longer to accept transfer students from Normandy.

The 80 students who were signed up to return to the district but can no longer continue in the transfer program join the 350 students who, a week ago, were told they could no longer go to school in Francis Howell.

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Unaccredited Districts
9:17 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

With District About To Lapse, Elected Normandy Board Holds Final Meeting

The Normandy School District is set to lapse on June 30.
Stephanie Zimmerman

With some anger, some defiance and some celebration, the elected board of the Normandy school district held its final meeting Thursday night.

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.

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St. Louis County Council
11:59 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Dooley Aide Unloads On Stenger At Rancorous Council Meeting

Mike Jones, an adviser to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, speaks during Tuesday's St. Louis County Council meeting. Jones offered a scathing rebuke to Councilman Steve Stenger's criticism over his actions on the state Board of Education.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

A top aide to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley unleashed scathing criticism Tuesday at his boss’ Democratic rival for county executive. 

It was part of yet another highly charged county council meeting filled with arguments, insults, recriminations and heated confrontations.

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Unaccredited School Districts
5:31 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Nixon Vetoes School Transfer Bill, Citing Public Money For Private Schools And Other Concerns

Gov. Jay Nixon
Credit / File photo

As promised, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed on Tuesday the wide-ranging school transfer bill passed by lawmakers this year, saying it violates basic principles of public education and does nothing to help students trapped in unaccredited schools.

At the offices of Education Plus in west St. Louis County, the governor listed three main reasons for his action.

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Student Transfers
5:01 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Normandy Turmoil Spills Over Into St. Louis County Executive's Contest

St. Louis Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio (file photo)

The turmoil in the Normandy School District is spilling over into the race for St. Louis County executive. 

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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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