ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The school scramble may be having some unintended consequences in at least one district.
While the unaccredited Normandy School District is paying to bus some students out of the district, more families are moving into the area
District headquarters in Normandy has seen parents here getting their kids for the first day of school on Monday. But this year, it looks like there will be some new Normandy students who never darken the door of a Normandy school and still cost the district money.
As NewsChannel 5 reported over the past several weeks, because the district is unaccredited it now has to pay for tuition and transportation to other schools, for any Normandy student that wants to transfer.
It appears some families that do not live in the Normandy district have figured out a way to take advantage of this transfer program for their kids.
Beyond Housing is a non-profit that helps with affordable housing and supports the Normandy districts as part of its community building mission. The organization says since the transfer program began, interest in renting inside the Normandy district is up and while tracking actual numbers is hard to do. They do believe families are moving in, only to transfer out at the expense of the Normandy district.
The superintendent has said the number of students taking advantage of the transfer program who were not previously enrolled in Normandy is around 250.