I think I could simply repost the same article I wrote back in 2014 with a few slight edits. Last night, the Union County (North Carolina, not New Jersey) newly elected and installed School Board voted to start the start the student reassignment process again – the second time in less than five years. There weren’t many details given in Board Member Gary Sides’ motion, so that will come over the course of the next few months.
One item that was mentioned is that there would be a push for “neighborhood” schools – assigning students back to the closest assigned school instead of one that’s nearby with additional capacity. There was also a mention to allow parents to keep their current assignment if they choose, however the details around transportation will still need to be worked out. Union county currently has a shortage of bus drivers.
This action was taken in direct response to a prior school board’s decision to reassign students, mostly in the western portion of Union County (in the towns of Indian Trail, Stallings, Waxhaw, Matthews 28104, Wesley Chapel, Weddington and Monroe) out of schools that were overcrowded. The prior plan was met with public outrage as even homeowners without children in the district were concerned how the new assignment plan would impact their property values.
On a personal note, while I live in Charlotte, my son attends school in Union County and was impacted by the previous student assignment changes. While I was disappointed with the move, I have come to love and appreciate his new school as much as I did his former one as his teachers and administration of the new school have been beyond exceptional.
This is something that I will continue to follow and will report any information that I have. A former school board member shared with me that this was something that the school board would like to have enacted for the 2017-2018 school year, however I’m not sure if that’s feasible.
For homeowners and home buyers looking in Union County, specifically concerned about which school your children will be assigned to, I would contact the Union County Board of Education and stay tuned to upcoming school board meetings – specifically the one in February was mentioned as one where a demographic and capacity study would be presented.
Mecklenburg County is also in the process of a public school student reassignment process, which you can follow along with the progress on their website. That process is set to conclude in November 2017.