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Update on $3 million offered to Union County Public Schools

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Earlier this month, the Union County Board of Commissioners offered $3 million to the Board of Education of Union County Public Schools to purchase mobile classroom units – which would solve overcrowding issues and put a stop to redistricting talks.

The board rejected that offer.

Union County Chairman Frank Aikmus tells My Fox Carolinas that the county is open to offering the $3 million to the school for any reason they can think of – as long as it stops redistricting.

“The board of commissioners would be open to using those funds for any solution that would stop redistricting,” Aikmus said. “If we can get the board of education to sit down at a table and meet with us – I think we could come up with a viable solution.”

This coming less than 24 hours after board of education member Sherry Hodges asked her fellow members that their “focus should be to heal and improve the relationship with the county commissioners.”

The two sides are in the middle of an appeal on a jury verdict awarding $91 million to the schools from the county.

That $91 million is the primary cause of the splintered relationship, according to Aikmus.

“There’s some hurt feelings,” Aikmus said. “There are some things that have been said and done that have reflected poorly on both boards. And I think now is the time to put all those things aside and get back to doing the work that the people of Union County elected both board to do.”

The county says they have reached out to the B.O.E. at least nine times for a meeting on an overcrowding solution.

“To date, we have not received a positive response from the board of education that they’re willing to meet with us,” Aikmus said.

That statement has not settled well with affected parents.

“They’ve offered $3 million,” Wesley Chapel resident Matt Coogan said. “Stop doing this. Take the money and leave the kids alone.”

The board of education will host a public forum at Monroe High School this Thursday (Feb. 27) and one at Parkwood High this upcoming Monday (March 3).

Both sessions begin at 6 p.m.

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