Commissioners Approve Funds to Prevent Redistricting

 MONROE, N.C. — The Union County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved an allocation of approximately $3 million dollars to the Union County Board of Education to purchase 49 mobile classrooms. 

Over the past few months, the Board of Education has been evaluating options to ease overcrowding in some Union County schools. The primary remedy discussed to relieve overcrowding has been the redistricting of nearly 6,000 students. 

According to a presentation by Union County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis and Dr. Mike Webb on Jan. 23, one of the options that would eliminate the need to cap schools or redistrict students is the addition of mobile classrooms. 

The report indicated that 49 mobile classrooms would be needed over the next four years. The funds to pay for the mobile classrooms and operating costs will be obtained from debt service savings.