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Emotions Run High at Public Hearing on Cabarrus County Schools Redistricting

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  • Cabarrus County Commission Votes to Rename North Cabarrus Park

    Cabarrus County Commission Votes to Rename North Cabarrus Park

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:49:17 GMT
    Monday night Cabarrus County commissioners voted to re-name the North Cabarrus Park in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. The decision Monday to change the name of the park to Vietnam Veterans Park came after the Kannapolis mayor recommended the park not be re-named because he feels it may be confusing to people in the area.
    Monday night Cabarrus County commissioners voted to re-name the North Cabarrus Park in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. The decision Monday to change the name of the park to Vietnam Veterans Park came after the Kannapolis mayor recommended the park not be re-named because he feels it may be confusing to people in the area.
  • Standing-Room Only Crowd At Cabarrus County Commission Meeting To Talk About Budget Cuts

    Standing-Room Only Crowd At Cabarrus County Commission Meeting To Talk About Budget Cuts

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:58 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:58:35 GMT
    The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners heard from upset residents Monday night about last-minute cuts to the county budget. It was the first meeting since commissioners slashed $3.9 million from the county’s budget last month.

    The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners heard from upset residents Monday night about last-minute cuts to the county budget. It was the first meeting since commissioners slashed $3.9 million from the county’s budget last month.

Emotions ran high at a Cabarrus County School Board of Education meeting Monday regarding redistricting. The Board of Education must vote on new attendance lines proposed by Cabarrus County Schools that will affect Odell, Winecoff, Cox Mill, and Boger Elementary Schools, once a new elementary school is built in the Odell attendance zone.

Drew Draisey, a rising fourth grader at Cox Mill Elementary School, told the board he wants his sister to be able to go to his school. He said, “I have liked the school ever since my first day there. I like the way the teachers, staff members and Ms. Moore are nice and friendly.”

Drew said, “I would feel sad if my sister couldn’t go to Cox Mill. I would want to take her in my book bag, so she could go.”

Drew, along with his mom and dad and dozens of others, packed into the public hearing on redistricting Monday. Drew’s mother, Kristen Draisey, told the board, “It takes time for children to warm up to their surroundings and be themselves, gain confidence and learn the rules of a school and classroom. The constant upheaval is not good for them or for the teachers.”

Some of the same schools have faced redistricting before because of all the growth in the area. Teri Robinson said, “I am rightfully concerned about the psychological impacts of switching students to not one school, but in many cases, two times.”

One parent got emotional just thinking about the transition. Michele Teague said, “This is an experience we should be so excited about for her, and I am dreading it. I dread the idea that my daughter will go to three different schools with these proposals. That is completely ridiculous for a child. Your job is to do what is in the best interest of these children, and that is not in the best interest of these children.”

This Board of Education did not take action Monday night. They are scheduled to vote on the redistricting plan on July 14, but some parents urged them to wait and not rush the decision.

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