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Parents protest proposed redistricting

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Union County, NC -

Voices, signs, and strong emotions helped rally students and parents in Union County.

Their message to the board of education is to keep district boundary lines just the way they are.

Dianne Falacara is among the parents concerned that her  child may be moved to a new place of learning.

"We feel protective of our children and  we would like them to stay where their friends are and where they're on sports teams," She said." We're passionate about the teachers that we love."

Earlier this week, parents in Union County got a preview on a possible new reassignment plan that may send students to new classrooms.

School administrators contend that growth and shifting populations are what's behind the decision of moving students.

Some students have to worry about starting over.

Bronagh O'shea is among those who could be affected.

"The teachers I've made a bond with as well, because they're so nice. They're extremely good educators for me."She said.

It is Middle schools in the county where the biggest changes will come.

The biggest influx of students is in the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades.

Parents worry about the toll a new plan could take on their children.

Rusty Reed feels patterns may be disrupted.

Reed said, their entire lives they've been growing up together and now. They're going to be split, if this proposal goes through."

School officials are expected to release an updated presentation this coming Tuesday night.

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