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Parents say "side-deal" in UCPS redistricting

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The group Citizens for Adequate Public Schools is suing Union County Public Schools and the Board of Education -- and today they're concerned about the possibility of a side-deal between UCPS and at least one resident of the Millbridge neighborhood.

"It's not overwhelming," Union County resident Tom Hillegas said. "What it is, is it's to the point where it's disgusting."

In an email chain obtained through the discovery process of the lawsuit, a Connie Weidman of Waxhaw messages to UCPS' Mike Webb, what she believes to be errors in UCPS' projected-growth numbers that supported redistricting.

The end of her email states...

"I understand that Millbridge can appeal to the board to adjust these lines, before final approval, and again after the final vote. Doing so, however, would involve having to publicly publicize the errors with the formulas and provide further fuel to the fire, which this county just does not need. I do not want to be put into that position, and I haven't even disclosed these inconsistencies within Millbridge. There is an easier way around this, and one that would not provide further disruptions to this redistricting plan."

Weidman has not responded to our attempts to reach out. UCPS has forwarded us to their attorney for all matters pertaining to the lawsuit and he has yet to respond on this matter.

"Rather than pointing that out to the public, which would impact all of us, she essentially traded her silence in order to keep Millbridge from being separated during this redistricting," plaintiff Aaron Asbra said.

The Millbridge neighborhood was debated throughout the redistricting process. It is a guideline of UCPS not to split a development or community, yet it was drawn to be split and redistricted up until the actual vote. 

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