Petition circulates to fight Union Co. redistricting

Petition circulates to fight Union Co. redistricting

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 9:33 PM

UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- Union County parents are livid over a proposed redistricting, which could send nearly 6,000 students to different schools next year.

There is now an online petition demanding the school district and school board stop the proposed redistricting plan and come up with different solutions to rapid growth and school overcrowding.

If approved, the redistricting would affect 19 of 30 county elementary schools, and all middle and high schools.

Various neighborhood specific examples came out of Tuesday's new boundary line unveiling, which had the room packed and people waiting outside:

Camberly, Kingston on Providence and Alma Village, all right off Providence Road in Waxhaw, would have middle and high school students who currently attend the highly rated and fairly new Cuthbertson high and middle schools attend Parkwood instead.

Parkwood is three to seven miles further away than Cuthbertson, depending upon the neighborhood.

A school rating website gives Cuthbertson higher scores than Parkwood.

Janice Gallagher has two grandsons attending Cuthbertson and says changing their school to Parkwood would uproot their lives and school performance.

"This is a major upheaval in their lives. They moved down here from Pennsylvania. Their father died in June. They lived with us for a little while and now they're finally in their own place, and they don't need another change," she said.

Kristina Bowman is a 7th grader at Cuthbertson Middle and doesn't want to change schools. It would include a longer bus ride.

"I love Cuthbertson very much. All my friends are there and we have great teachers," Bowman said.

The redistricting is not a done deal. The lines could change. School board members would have to approve it, but not before a series of public hearings.

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