Proposition N - Normandy Now! Preparing Our Children, Planning for the Future
Community Sends Strong Message, Approves Normandy Zero-Tax-Rate Increase Bond Issue
Now that the Normandy community has given a strong sign of support, and voted to approve the district’s zero-tax-rate increase bond issue, Proposition N -- what’s next?
Proposition N is the $23 million bond issue that will provide funds to build a new school, new science labs and libraries at Jefferson and Washington Elementary schools, and other security, technology and structural improvements at the district’s other campuses. The initiative was approved with 68.78 percent voting yes.
Now that the proposition has passed, the Collaborative will begin to finalize options for a new school (which include securing a location and if necessary, property), a community engagement process to gain feedback on the plans for the school and other improvements made possible by the passage of the bond issue.
“This is a community effort so we are seeking feedback from our families, staff and partners to ensure the plans are in line with what our community needs and expects,” said Rich Ryffel, President of the Normandy Joint Executive Governing Board (JEGB).
At its public meeting on January 12, 2017, the Normandy JEGB unanimously voted to place the no-tax-rate-increase bond proposal on the April 4th ballot.
“The Normandy community has provided a charge to the district – make this the district of choice for our families, to make it the best for our children,” said Dr. Charles Pearson, Superintendent, Normandy Schools Collaborative. “We’ve made significant strides in the classroom but we also have to look at our facilities. I want to personally thank our families and the community for their support. This is another step in our short-term goal of accreditation and helps us build on the progress made so far.”
The Collaborative has worked to improve student academic achievement by reinstating the Advanced Placement, dual enrollment/dual credit courses at the high school, and gifted education at the middle and elementary schools. After years of decline, the Collaborative has steadily increased the number of points earned on the state’s Annual Performance Report. For the 2015-2016 school year, Normandy scored in the provisionally accredited range, earning 76.5 points out of 140 total.
The Proposition N campaign was co-chaired by district residents Deborah Burris and Craig Lucas. Burris, who also works for the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said this initiative is critical to continuing the progress of not only the Collaborative but the entire 24:1 community. The 24:1 refers to the 24 municipalities that make up the Normandy schools footprint.
“As residents we have to look at the long-term benefits of supporting and improving the schools,” said Burris. “When our students and schools succeed, it helps the community as a whole.”
For more information on Proposition N, see the links at left, or contact the Normandy Communications department, 314-493-0438.