Members of the Missouri Board of Education began the unprecedented task Monday of remaking the Normandy school system, which is about to become the first district in the state to fall under their direct oversight.
They approved a budget. They set the calendar. They rehired Superintendent Ty McNichols and about a third of the district’s teachers.
And over four hours, it became clear that restarting the troubled Normandy School District would go much deeper than finances and personnel: The state board would be poised to break new ground. No one has successfully transformed a high-poverty school system.