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Parents make 'statement' as board remains mum on redistricting

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Hundreds of Union County parents were stunned when the Union County School Board made a last-minute decision not to talk about a controversial redistricting plan, Tuesday.

The school system proposed re-drawing district lines last month and immediately afterward parents began lining-up against it. 

On Monday night, County Commissioners approved $3 million for an 11th hour plan that would buy dozens of mobile classrooms to relieve overcrowding problems.

When the School Board was expected to talk about that offer tonight, they voted to table the discussion until next week.

"Was I disappointed? Yeah, I'm disappointed," said Union County parent Kelly Cressman.

Cressman was one of hundreds of parents who packed the Marvin Ridge High School auditorium for Tuesday's meeting.


"We are sending them a clear message," said Angela Evans. "We are here, we are engaged, we are involved and we are ready to have these discussions."

But that discussion that never happened.

"It was very frustrating," said Evans, after leaving the auditorium after a 30-minute public comment session. 

Cressman, who lives in Marvin, said when the school board voted to take their time to discuss all options to deal with overcrowding it took the air out of the room.

"It's happened before and it continues to happen," said Marni Setless, who lives in Stallings Chestnut Oaks. "This is a big deal... Our kids are being used as pawns."

And the chess match behind the school board and Union County parents continues.

Cressman was happy a handful of parents got to publicly voice their opinion to the board on a night where that same board decided not to offer a comment back.

"I think we made a statement tonight," said Cressman. "Every person that spoke there tonight conveyed the exact concerns of every neighborhood that is affected in Union County."

Those concerns are keeping their children where they are. Evans says if that means adding 50 portable classrooms for a $3 million price tag... so be it.

"This is not healthy for our children," said Evans. "It's not healthy for our neighborhoods and our community."

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