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Union County school board talks about controversial plan again

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UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Union County School board is continuing its talks about options to relieve overcrowding. The discussion will happen at its Tuesday night meeting.

Parent Sue Patrao plans to attend the meeting. She is concerned about overcrowding. She says her two children both attend schools that are getting cramped, both in the classrooms and cafeteria.

"Lunch lines are extremely long," Patrao said. "My daughter will only bring her lunch now because there is not enough time to go through the cafeteria lines."

The school leaders will continue to discuss options to relieve overcrowding. They consist of sending students to school in shifts, redistricting about 6000 students. Many people are against that plan. Year round schools is another option as well as other recommendations that are on the table.

Many think this process is going too fast. The school board is expected to make a decision in April and the plan to be implemented in August. School board member Marce Savage tells WBTV she will recommend to slow things down and put student reassignment on the back burner.

"I wouldn't mind slowing things down a bit." Patrao said.

Tuesday night's meeting will also consist of public comment. It will only last for 30 minutes. The problem is too many people signed up and not all will get a chance to speak.

If the school board decides to proceed with student reassignment, the board will pick a date for a public forum that will happen sometime in February.

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