PAGEDALE, MO. (KPLR) - Students headed back to class Monday morning in the unaccredited Normandy School District. Still, the parents seemed thrilled.
“We are the Vikings…. The Mighty, Mighty Vikings!”
The parents and alumni held up signs and cheered for every school bus and car carrying a student back to Normandy Senior High School in Pagedale, Missouri. The kids walked slowly, as if mourning the end of summer break. But, the parents continued to clap and shout sideline cheers. They started before dawn, even though the district lost its accreditation last school year along with an estimated 1,100 transfer students this year.
“I really believe in God that we are going to get our accreditation back,” said Normandy Senior High graduate and parent Marla Smith. “Those students are going to come back in January, and we are going to have a wonderful year.”
A new superintendent took over in July, and he offered new classes to the students who stayed.
“Those are science, technology, engineering and math,” explained Dr. Tyrone McNichols. “And, we truly believe that’s our way to start getting back to that accreditation.”
District officials said transfer students took about $15-million in tuition and transportation fees to other area schools like the Francis Howell District. Still, community leaders said they will continuously encourage Normandy families. Meanwhile, educators offered an online portal to help parents continuously track their kids’ homework.
“As well, we’ve created a number of data walls and data rooms in our building that that were tracking every student in our building,” Senior High Principal Derrick Mitchell explained. “So that we’re know where the students are at any point at any time in the school year.”
The district seemed to cheer, not just the first day of the school year. They cheered the first day of hope that things would get a lot better.
Here is a link to the Normandy School District Parent Portal. Also, let us know how your first day of school went on Twitter: #FIRSTDAY STL.