Union County Public Schools Reveals Alternatives to Redistricting


by Kirk Hawkins

MONROE, N.C.--It was a round of applause and a standing ovation from parents at the Union County School Board Meeting at Monroe High School Wednesday night. While there was no public comment opportunity, these parents showed their overwhelming support for new school construction. "I think it's the best option, because the kids are already settled in," said Waxhaw resident Denise Truesdale.

The Union County Board of Education is also looking into year-round schools, morning and afternoon shifts, enrollment caps, and adding sixth grade to elementary schools as alternatives to overcrowding. These are alternatives to the district's first ever redistricting plan. It would move more than six thousand students to new schools to help ease overcrowding and manage new growth.

"To think people go together and drew some lines, it's heartbreaking," said Wesley Chapel Resident Sandy Pearce.  Six months ago, Pearce moved into a new home in Wesley Chapel. It was close to a school with a special program for students with special needs, like her daughter, Savannah. "Nobody really wants to be moved, especially when you've put your heart and soul into researching the schools that are best for your children," said Pearce.

The Board of Education could vote on the changes as early as April.

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