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Francis Howell Board to set class size limits and tuition at Thursday night meeting

About 2,500 parents attended a town hall meeting in the Francis Howell district after Normandy officials announced they would pay to bus students there. About 2,500 parents attended a town hall meeting in the Francis Howell district after Normandy officials announced they would pay to bus students there. Image source: Fox 2 KTVI

   The Francis Howell school board will meet Thursday night to hammer out the nuts and bolts of accepting transfer students from the failing Normandy school district.  The board will vote on issues including class size limits, tuition and a payment schedule.  

   District officials want average class sizes to remain at or below desirable levels outlined by the state department of education.  At that level, the district would have room for about 600 transfer students.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that as of Wednesday, 196 students had applied to transfer into the district.  

   The district is also expected to approve a tuition rate of $11,034 per student, enough to allow them to hire a part time administrator to answer parents' questions, and assist in placing transfer students from Normandy.

   Normandy students have until August 1 to file transfer applications.  Class begins in Francis Howell schools on August 8. 

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