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Redistricting Talks Continue In Union County

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The Union County Public Schools Board of Education held a work session this evening.

They discussed options other than redistricting to ease overcrowding in the school system.

The problem – no long term plans were discussed. Like many other discussions, those plans have been pushed back.

This time, to March. 4.

“The parents are invisible,” parent Marni Setless said. “We’re not being seen, there’s not a vision, there’s not a plan. They’re trying to do, let’s move and fill the seats, let’s be efficient with buses – but what about the children?”

If anything was to be taken from this meeting, it was that board member Sherry Hodges made well-sure that her voice was going to be heard to the rest of the board.

Hodges encouraged board members to make peace with Union County Commissioners so they can, collectively, come to a decision that works best for the county.

The county and school district are currently in the middle of an appeal to $91 million awarded to the schools from the county.

Earlier in February, commissioners offered $3 million to the board of education to purchase mobile trailer units – a short-term solution to ease overcrowding.

However, that action was denied by the board last week because the money was said to be coming with “strings attached,” – coming off the top of the $91 awarded from a jury verdict.

The county denied any strings attached and, in fact, said they never heard any type of complaint from the board of education on where the money was coming from, until several hours before last week’s workshop – two weeks after the money was offered.

In what has been a back-and-forth between commissioners and board members, it’s now time for the parents to speak. Thursday, there will be a public comment session at Monroe High and there will be one at Parkwood High on Monday.

The biggest question most parents want answered, is how is redistricting or any other solution going to benefit their children? What is the best method?

“And if they can’t answer that questions, I think we need to throw this out and start over,” parent Aaron Asbra said.

Parents have had public commenting sessions before, though. Not much came out of it other than short-lasting catharsis.

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