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Union Co parents respond to school board's vote on redistricting


Union County parents are still upset Union County School Board members voted on redistricting at its Tuesday night meeting.

"It just doesn't seem to make sense," Parent Carrisa Bae said. "If it made sense, then I would make it work, but this does not make sense."

No one saw it coming. Parents say the battle is not over. Parents met Wednesday night to come up with a strategy to try to overturn the school board's decision. Several parents are lawyers and they are putting their minds together to possibly file a lawsuit.

"The school board has violated almost all the guidelines and procedures," Parent Kim Hillegas said. "They violated the open meeting laws. There's some reason they are doing this and it is not right."

School board members are not concerned about the threat of a lawsuit.

"We get sued quite a bit," Union County School Board Chairman Richard Yercheck said. "So that being the case, we will address any issues that may come along. Board of Education is on fairly solid legal footing as far as the statutes read that redistricting is of the purview of the board of education."

The board voted to shuffle about 3,000 students from overcrowded schools to schools that have space. The original plan called for moving nearly 6,000 students. The board decided to grandfather rising 6th and 8th graders and high school students.

They will stay put but parents must provide transportation. The board also decided not to split the Millbridge subdivision. Students living there will go to the same school.

Parents pleaded with school board members to slow the process down but their pleas landed on deaf ears. Parents thought they had until April 1st to convince board members to say no to redistricting, but board members thought deciding sooner rather than later would be best.

"We knew from last night to April 1st that we had to have a vote," Yercheck said. "The board members were comfortable coming into this meeting that there was enough information that they could do that, and that being the case a motion was made and there was a second and the vote was called last night."

There is also a push to recall the board members. Hundreds have signed a petition to make that happen.

The school district says for parents who believe the redistricting would be a hardship on their family, they can appeal. 

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