Union Co. parents unhappy over proposed school redistricting

by: Trish Williford Updated:

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UNION COUNTY, N.C. —

The Board of Education in Union County wants to shuffle students to different schools, impacting the entire district.

There wasn't enough room Tuesday night at the board meeting to hold all the parents who showed up to fight that decision.

More than 600 concerned parents turned out in Union County to hear a proposal that could affect thousands of children.

"I think there's going to be a lot of happy people and a lot of very disappointed people," said Sarah Berlin, a parent.

Union County leaders proposed a new redistricting plan that could force students to attend different schools next year, and most parents Eyewitness News spoke with were not happy at all.

"I think it's pretty ridiculous," said Paul Kaperonis. "We have high-achieving kids and we expect them to be pushed." He added, "I have a very disappointed 8-year-old right now at home because her best friend got redistricted into one place and we're going to another."

Union County school leaders said the redistricting plan is crucial because of overcrowding. Marvin Ridge Middle, Porter Ridge Middle and Kensington Elementary schools are already filled to capacity.

Leaders unveiled maps Tuesday that show parents where the students are currently enrolled and where they could be reassigned next year.

"I don't like it at all," said Emma Blair, a seventh grader at Weddington Middle School. "I want to end in my own school that I started with."

Some parents said the redistricting could also affect their property values if their homes are moved into the district of an under-performing school. Many people pay premium prices to live in homes in good school districts.

This plan will be presented to the Union County School Board for its approval, and several public hearings will be held before a vote.

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