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Protesting continues over proposed school redistricting

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Dozens of homemade signs lined street corners across Union County Saturday, prompting honks of approval.

The fight against redistricting in the county isn't going away. In fact, parents and students say things are just heating up. 

"We're here to fight and we're not going to give up," said Danielle Gama, a Union County student.

Gama along with a big group of like-minded protestors spent the better part of four hours holding up signs, getting their message across to passerbys.

"The Board of Education is really not listening to the people who voted them into office," said Niki Hitch, a Union County parent.

Parents like Hitch say the board isn't listening to what they have to say and that's something they'll remember at election time.

"We really feel helpless," said Hitch. "We do not have to do this for the upcoming school year. We can take time and come up with a good long term plan."

Earlier this week, the Union County Board of Education unanimously declined the Board of Commissioners' offer in the redistricting dispute.

The offer would have given Union County public schools $3 million to purchase 49 mobile classrooms, which commissioners said would prevent redistricting.

Most parents supported that plan. Now many of the parents out protesting the proposed redistricting just want the BOE to slow down before making any hasty decisions. 

"What we really want is for the Board of Education to slow down," said Mark Neff, a Union County parent. "They're trying to rush a vote to redistrict when they've been presented with so many facts that say redistricting is not necessary."

Officials said that Board of Education members were informed at Tuesday's meeting that accepting the commissioners' offer would decrease the trial verdict amount by $3 million.

The plan would affect about 6,000 students, sending them to different schools.

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