Parents, Students in Union County Strategize Against Redistricting Plan

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CHARLOTTE, NC– Trying to keep emotion out of it. That is the challenge for families in Union County who are upset over a new school redistricting plan.

On Tuesday, the Union County Board of Education unveiled the plan. The proposal would move more than 6,000 students to new schools to help ease overcrowding and manage new growth.

Wednesday night, dozens of students and parents attended a neighborhood meeting to discuss new strategies to delay or dodge redistricting.

Students like Cuthbertson Middle School student Lydia Weisberg says the proposal isn’t fair.

“I’ve been with these people since 6th grade, and we’re about to start high school. Now we’re all being split up.” says Weisberg.

Waxhaw resident Susan Sullivan says there has to be another option. “We want to make the right decisions. We want to work with the Board. We’ll create committees. We’ll help them figure out the information. We’ll do the analysis. But there’s no reason to do this to our children right now.”

The redistricting plan has not been approved. The District plans to hold public hearings across the county. The Board could vote on the changes as early as April.