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Lawmakers host meetings to examine school transfer rules

Monday, 23 September 2013 17:32 Published in Local News

COTTLEVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A panel of Missouri lawmakers came to suburban St. Louis on Monday for some firsthand testimony about the challenges of the state's school transfer rules.

Several area superintendents asked the interim House Committee on Education to seek a long-term fix to what they called a short-term solution to the problem of relocating students from failing school districts to better-performing ones.

The public hearing at St. Charles Community College came just weeks after hundreds of students from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens began the fall semester riding buses to schools up to 20 to 30 miles away, with their former districts absorbing the added costs.

A second meeting is planned Monday night in St. Louis. Additional sessions are planned Tuesday and Wednesday in Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff, Branson and Joplin.

 

Normandy Superintendent unveils path to accreditation

Monday, 23 September 2013 15:30 Published in Local News

The Superintendent of Normandy Schools unveiled his plan to take the district back to accreditation.

Ty McNichols held a forum Monday to correct any misinformation about the district and lay out the 100-day plan. McNichols' plan focuses on improving graduation rates and attendance. The largest immediate obstacle for the district a huge financial shortfall. Normandy has to cover the costs for 1,000 students who transferred. That equates to a $15 million bill. McNichols says nothing is off the table to balance the budget, including staffing cuts and class consolidations.

Parents are invited to a second forum, Tuesday night at 6 PM, at the Indian Trails Library.

Police selling anti-theft devices at a discount

Monday, 23 September 2013 15:28 Published in Local News

St. Louis Police are giving vehicle owners a chance to keep their cars safe on the cheap.

They’re selling auto clubs for just $13, license plate covers for $5, and license plate fasteners for just $3. The sale is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Central West End at the NSI office on North Euclid and all transactions are cash only.

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