Monroe High School’s auditorium was filled to capacity – and there wasn’t even an opportunity for those attending to make their voices heard.
That’s how important the issue of school redistricting is to those in Union County. They are spending their time and energy just to make sure they are seen.
Redistricting would separate classmates, friends, teammates and for some, take away an identity. On Thursday, the board of education held their work session at Monroe.
Superintendent Mary Ellis put on a power-point presentation to the public and eight of the nine B.O.E members who were in attendance. The presentation highlighted solutions other than redistricting to fix overcrowding issues – of course, all costing money.
Building a new school cluster – an elementary, middle and high school – would cost roughly $81 million. Those in attendance cheered at the idea, rather than pulling their kids out of their familiar schools – but the loudest cheers came at the prospect of putting up mobile units outside of schools.
The cost for 49 mobile units would be roughly $2.89 million with additional, annual costs of $265,635.
Mobile units could be put in place and ready for students to be taught in, by January 2015.
Other possibilities discussed were capping schools, multi-tracking, building new additions or even adding sixth grade to elementary schools, from middle schools.
There has been no vote scheduled, yet – but April is a rough deadline.
The next scheduled board meeting is Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at Sandy Ridge Elementary School. It is open to the public.