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UCPS Rejects $3 Million From County

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It was an offer, they could refuse -- and they did.

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Union County Board of Education unanimously declined $3 million dollars from county commissioners Tuesday night.

The money was offered-up to purchase mobile trailer units that would temporarily reduce overcrowding in the public school system – and stop talks of the possible redistricting of nearly 6,000 students.

The reason for the rejection? Board of Education members said the offer has too many strings attached.

Parents filed in to a work session for the Union County B.O.E. in Monroe today – hoping that a solution to fix overcrowding in the public schools would be found.

It didn’t happen. There are still plenty of questions.

The board says the $3 million offer they rejected tonight from the county would be taken off a jury verdict of $91 million awarded to the schools from the county – not just $.3 million, straight up.

That verdict is currently under appeal.

"When somebody says $3 million dollars with no strings attached, I went on record saying I suspect we're going to take that money," B.O.E. Chair Richard Yearcheck said. "Because I take people at their word."

The county had this to say...

"As Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Jerry Simpson said at the time of the offer, 'the redistricting issue is tearing communities apart, and the proposal to provide funds for mobile classrooms is intended to keep communities and neighbors together while still protecting the taxpayers of Union County.' The offer of the $3 million is to provide a short-term solution to redistricting to provide more time for the Board of Education to consider other alternatives.  The Board of County Commissioners made the offer with no strings attached other than the funds would be used to purchase mobile classrooms."
 
The back and forth between commissioners and the board of education has worn thin on many parents.

The B.O.E. is hoping to move quickly and find a solution to fix overcrowding. They are looking to research how to keep school clusters together, possibly grandfather-in students (looking at a wide-range of grades to start at), strategic multi-year planning, and to clean-up of the boundary line.

They are looking to hold another work session next week -- and, tentatively, Thursday evening.

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