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Grandfathered students in Union County make statement

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When the Union County Public Schools -- Board of Education passed a redistricting plan that would shift thousands of students in an effort to ease overcrowding last month, they added a provision where all-current high schoolers and rising fifth and eighth graders could choose to be grandfathered in.

The only stipulation would be that they would need to provide their own transportation, in doing so.

There is a group called Citizens for Adequate Public School that is currently suing the B.O.E. over the redistricting plan. Today, they organized an event where many that would choose the grandfathering option next year, hopped in their vehicles and drove to school instead of taking another form of transportation -- like a school bus.

This was to stress the overcrowding on the roads, to which they feel outweighs overcrowding in classrooms.

"Kids are going to have to sleep even less than they already do and the traffic is going to be even worse, which is a major safety concern after this redistricting," Weddington High senior Lars Knapp said.

Knapp will graduate this spring, but is fighting the redistricting plan for those younger than him -- those he feels are getting the short-end of the stick in this school shuffle

C.A.P.S. and the Union County B.O.E. are currently working on a limited document production and depositions of certain B.O.E. members. C.A.P.S. plans on scheduling an injunction hearing for late April or early May.

C.A.P.S. has raised around $16,000 so far in their fight against redistricting and have a goal set of at least $75,000.
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