On Monday night, the Board of Education and Board of County Commissioners met to discuss the bond proposal for Union County Public Schools. The focus of the plan is to provide stability to keep students in their schools and clusters, provide equity so that needed capital improvments and repairs are made, and to eliminate mobile classrooms.
A bond must first be approved by the Commissioners to be placed on the November ballot where it will then be voted on by the citizens of Union County. Commissioners expressed a lack of support for a stadium for CATA (the only high school without its own stadium). They also expressed a lack of support for a proposed new Sun Valley High School which would include an Advanced Technology Center providing a wide variety of Career & Technical Education options for students county-wide. Finally there were questions about the need to eliminate mobile classrooms with brick and mortar expansions due to the cost. There was mention that perhaps the bond could wait another two years, but BOE Member Melissa Merrellpointed out that some schools simply cannot wait for needed repairs or expansions.
Here is the video of the presentation. I will post the slides on uchomeroom’s website and post the link in the comments. There certainly will be additional discussions, but a decision to place the bond on the ballot must be made quickly. Please reach out to County Commissioners to have your voice heard:
4-283-3853 is the phone number listed for all the commissioners.
Stony Rushing Stony.Rushing@unioncountync.gov
Frank Aikmus Frank.Aikmus@unioncountync.gov
Richard Helms Richard.Helms@unioncountync.gov
Jerry Simpson Jerry.Simpson@unioncountync.gov
Lance Simpson Lance.Simpson@unioncountync.gov
Here is the link to the presentation given by Board Chair Leslie Boyd.