Union County Commissioners meet with Board of Education - myfoxcarolinas.com

Union County Commissioners meet with Board of Education

Posted: Updated:
  • David SentendreyMore>>

  • David Sentendrey

    David Sentendrey

    Monday, March 17 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-03-17 22:08:00 GMT
    I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. I moved to North Carolina with my family in 2001 and attended Weddington High School before studying journalism at Appalachian State University.
    I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. I moved to North Carolina with my family in 2001 and attended Weddington High School before studying journalism at Appalachian State University.
  • Burying Chickens Alive: Local petition gaining thousands of signatures

    Burying Chickens Alive: Local petition gaining thousands of signatures

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-08-23 05:00:14 GMT
    A video showing chickens allegedly being buried alive that has gone viral this summer has gained over 150,000 petitioners through a local animal-rights activist.
    A video showing chickens allegedly being buried alive that has gone viral this summer has gained over 150,000 petitioners through a local animal-rights activist.
  • NC DOT to hold public meetings on I-77 project

    NC DOT to hold public meetings on I-77 project

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:11:35 GMT
    The North Carolina Department of Transportation held three meetings today in affected areas of its Managed Lanes Project -- a $655 million project to add on to I-77 with toll roads. i
    The North Carolina Department of Transportation held three meetings today in affected areas of its Managed Lanes Project -- a $655 million project to add on to I-77 with toll roads. i
Union County Commissioners and the Union County Board of Education met Wednesday evening for the first time since last April.

The purpose of the specially-called joint meeting was regarding the process for budget development.

"We saw the first step in reestablishing a healthy relationship between the Board of Education and County Commissioners," B.O.E. Chairman Richard Yearcheck said.

Last year, a jury verdict awarded $91 million to the schools from the county from a lawsuit. That verdict is still under appeal.

The two sides have been at odds throughout 2014 with a county-wide redistricting battle at the forefront. Commissioners offered up $3 million to be used for mobile classrooms to ease overcrowding issues and keep students in their current schools. The Board of Education rejected that offer and went through with the redistricting plan.

Wednesday's agenda called for budget process, calendar and and future joint meetings. 

It was more like a pre-game huddle. Not much was set in stone as far as a long-term plan, but both sides agreed to meet during the first two weeks of April.

County Commissioner Chairman Frank Aikmus had mixed feelings prior to the meeting.

"I was not looking forward to this meeting because of the past relationship we had," Aikmus said. "I came into this with an open mind thinking we've got to do this because it's the only way we're going to move forward. And I'm really proud to say that both boards exceeded my expectations."

A group of 15 plaintiffs are currently suing the Board of Education over the process on how redistricting was carried out. Some of those plaintiffs were in attendance and irked at the way the B.O.E. asked commissioners for trust and transparency as they proceed to deal with finances -- two things that plaintiffs felt they weren't given during the redistricting process. In fact, the word "transparency" is used throughout their lawsuit.

Jan Barly is not one of those plaintiffs, but she was in attendance, and did share similar feelings.

"I thought it was very interesting that the Board of Education is now expecting trust and transparency," Barly said.

Commissioners did say that trust was hard to accept when the Board of Education had their attorney, Richard Schwartz, present on stage with the group -- but that was about as close as the two sides came to any sort of tension.

"I think there's a lot of damage control on both sides that has to be done now and they're trying to put their best-face forward," Barly added.

The word transparency keeps getting thrown around in Union County, but tonight did show that both the Board of Education and County Commissioners are trying to back up their talk. The meeting was open to the public, streamed online and both agreed that future meetings would continue to be held during the evening to allow those who work day jobs, the opportunity to be a part of the process.

An added note -- former Board of Education member John Crowder, who passed away earlier this month from a stroke, respectfully had a nametag placed at his would-have-been seat.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • A New Spot For Breakfast and Lunch in Myers Park

    A New Spot For Breakfast and Lunch in Myers Park

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:59:50 GMT
    A bowl full of coffee and a hash made with locally sourced purple potatoes. It's all part of the culinary scene at a new breakfast and lunch spot in Myers Park called Littlespoon.
    A bowl full of coffee and a hash made with locally sourced purple potatoes. It's all part of the culinary scene at a new breakfast and lunch spot in Myers Park called Littlespoon.
  • Burying Chickens Alive: Local petition gaining thousands of signatures

    Burying Chickens Alive: Local petition gaining thousands of signatures

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-08-23 05:00:14 GMT
    A video showing chickens allegedly being buried alive that has gone viral this summer has gained over 150,000 petitioners through a local animal-rights activist.
    A video showing chickens allegedly being buried alive that has gone viral this summer has gained over 150,000 petitioners through a local animal-rights activist.
  • Johnson C. Smith Prepares For Competition

    Johnson C. Smith Prepares For Competition

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:12:49 GMT
    Johnson C. Smith University's band is preparing for the Queen City Battle of the Bands. The competition is Saturday, August 23 at Memorial Stadium in Charlotte. Doors open at 5:30 and the competition begins at 7:30 p.m.
    Johnson C. Smith University's band is preparing for the Queen City Battle of the Bands. The competition is Saturday, August 23 at Memorial Stadium in Charlotte. Doors open at 5:30 and the competition begins at 7:30 p.m.
Powered by WorldNow

WJZY FOX 46
3501 Performance Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28214
Main Number: (704) 398-0046

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices