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Union Co. commissioners approve funds to prevent redistricting

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The Union County Board of Commissioners approved the allocation of approximately $3 million to the Union County Board of Education for new classrooms they say will prevent the county from redistricting.

The news came in a statement from the commissioners Monday night. They said the money will go to purchase 49 mobile classrooms.

Over the past several months, the Board of Education has been evaluating options to ease overcrowding in some Union County schools.  

The primary remedy discussed to relieve overcrowding, officials say, has been the redistricting of nearly 6,000 students. A report made to the commission in late January showed that the 49 mobile classrooms would be needed over the next four years.

"The Board of County Commissioners has heard from parents and the business community on the redistricting issue, and the addition of mobile classrooms provides a short-term solution to the Board of Education to allow them time to develop a long-term solution for school growth," said Vice Chairman Jerry Simpson. "The redistricting issue is tearing communities apart, and the proposal to provide funds for mobile classrooms is intended to keep communities and neighbors together while still protecting the taxpayers of Union County."

Officials told WBTV that the funds to pay for the new classrooms, and operating costs, will be obtained from debt service savings generated by the county's refinancing of debt and from unassigned county fund balances.

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