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Union Co. School board discusses county's latest offer

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MONROE, NC (WBTV) -

Union county school board is scheduled to meet Tuesday evening to discuss the latest offer presented to them by Union County Commissioners.

A jury decided the county owed the school district about $91 million to go toward the district's capital and operating budgets.

The county is appealing that decision and has offered to pay the school district about $11 million instead. School board members are responding to that offer.

"I'm a little incredulous," Union County school Board Chairman Richard Yercheck said. "That the fact during and prior to the trial they didn't have any money, now they have money that we can make a deal."

While the district waits for the county to pay up, work is being held up throughout the district.

Leaky roofs are not getting fixed and this frustrates school leaders. Administrators say when it rains it pours inside Sun Valley High school.

"When we know there is going to be a lot of rain," Assistant Principal Mike Zezech said. "We go on proactive patrol. We'll come through the hallways several times before students get here.

Our morning custodian does a really good job of getting the buckets out."
School leaders say they will seriously consider the county government's offer and will do what's in the best interest of the students. School leaders say every minute that goes by there is not deal, students suffer.

"It's very frustrating," Yercheck said. "When you know that weather we got today, that teachers are moving students around and the custodians are enacting their garbage can procedures to catch drips in the hallway."

We requested comment from the county concerning this matter, but no one was available.

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