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The lawsuit between 15 plaintiffs and Union County Public Schools and the Board of Education is in the discovery phase – and plaintiffs say what they’re discovering is “frightening.”

They say no studies were done on certain reasons they were given to redistrict thousands of students.

“There were no studies that show this is a good thing, that this is going to help anyone," plaintiff Aaron Asbra says.

There are 2,754 pages of discovery that the plaintiffs are sorting through. Copies of emails, text messages, files – and they say, there is no evidence to any research being done in regards to capacity of cafeterias, media centers or traffic implications.

Asbra says he emailed Board of Education member Rick Pigg several months back, asking why mobile classroom units were not a viable option. Asbra says Pigg’s response was that it wouldn’t boost core capacity.

 “His concerns were long car lines, the pick-up and drop-off, media center crowds, cafeteria crowds…those were his reasons why MCR’s wouldn’t work and why redistricting is supposedly such a good thing," Asbra says.

The Board of Education turned down $3 million from Union County Commissioners to purchase MCR’s.

So Asbra wanted to find out what exactly is the capacity of media centers, cafeterias, etc. 

According to numbers from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Asbra says only one high school in Union County (Cuthbertson) would be under recommended capacity, following next year's redistricting plan. Schools like Sun Valley would be at 146 percent over capacity in media centers and 151 percent over in lunchrooms.

“It’s almost frightening,” Asbra said.

We have reached out to UCPS for comment and have been forwarded to their attorney. We are awaiting his response.

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