Students may have moved to Normandy for free transfer program
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Every day 1,047 students from the Normandy School District leave home for a public school district miles away. It’s costing Normandy millions of dollars to pay their tuition. It’s legal because the schools are unaccredited. Some of the students may have moved into the Normandy District to take advantage of the free transfer program.
Normandy is facing its first bill for the student transfer program. Students are traveling to 19 different districts in St. Louis County or an adjoining county. The bill for August, not even a full month, will be close to $850,000.
Students from both Normandy and Riverview Gardens Districts are eligible to attend accredited schools in other districts because their home districts remain unaccredited. But, Normandy officials say 160 students who considered leaving are now back home in a Normandy school.
What’s not clear is where all the students who transferred came from. Close to 700 additional students claimed residency in Normandy this summer. They could have been home schooled, private school students or newcomers. The Normandy school board meets on Thursday night for a work-study session.
Normandy is concerned it will run out of funds before the end of this school year because of the extra tuition costs for the transfer students.
Riverview Gardens is facing bills for 1,220 transfer students.
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