Union Co. schools set to redistrict for second time in 4 years


UNION COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Union County Public Schools is set to reassign thousands of students to different schools for the second time in less than four years.

More than 4,000 students will find out they are going to be moved to different schools when the Board of Education votes on Tuesday evening at its monthly meeting.

“It’s just a band-aid,” parent Eileen Allen said.

Allen and her children live in the Providence Grove neighborhood off Providence Road in the Cuthbertson High School cluster. They could be reassigned to Marvin Ridge High’s cluster, based off one map design.

Allen is concerned about a UCPS transportation memo which calls Providence Road a “high-traffic area” that should be a “hard boundary” area between attendance zones.

Allen said sending her children to Marvin Ridge instead of Cuthbertson would go against the warnings in that transportation memo.

“Well, for safety reasons,” Allen said. “For transportation for our kids to and from school.”

Here’s the thing, a UCPS demography consultant said reassignment has to happen — and fast.

“You’re behind the curve already,” Dr. Jerome McKibben said to the Board of Ed. “If you kick the can down the road, two or three more years, it’ll make it just that much worse and you’ll move twice as many kids.”

FOX 46 Charlotte reached out to multiple school board members concerning the transportation memo and how it relates to Providence Glen. We are awaiting a response.

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