Union County http://wfae.org en Union County Commissioners OK 15.4% Tax Hike http://wfae.org/post/union-county-commissioners-ok-154-tax-hike <p>MONROE Union County commissioners approved a 15.4 percent tax increase Monday night to cover school district expenses, which will add about $200 to the bill for a typical taxpayer.</p><p>The closely divided vote on the 2014-15 budget came on the last day of the fiscal year.</p><p>“It creates a tremendous amount of heartburn, the idea that we’ve got to raise taxes on the people of Union County,” said commissioner Jonathan Thomas, who blamed an “out-of-control school board.”</p><p>The budget passed 3-2. Thomas and commissioner Todd Johnson were the “no” votes.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:10:45 +0000 Adam Bell 54032 at http://wfae.org Union County, School Board Finally Agree With Some Help http://wfae.org/post/union-county-school-board-finally-agree-some-help <p>Union County and its school board have tentatively agreed on a budget this year.&nbsp; That may not seem like a big deal, but last year a budget dispute between the two led to a court battle.&nbsp; A new local law may have helped them reach consensus faster.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Lisa Miller 53138 at http://wfae.org State Finds Major Problems In Union County Child Welfare Program http://wfae.org/post/state-finds-major-problems-union-county-child-welfare-program <p><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfae/files/201403/UnionCountyDSSReport.pdf?__utma=100058712.1547370290.1392859676.1394133631.1394142397.69&amp;__utmb=100058712.87.7.1394147071887&amp;__utmc=100058712&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=100058712.1394034070.59.4.utmcsr=charlotteobserver.com|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/2014/03/04/4741805/hickory-city-council-retreats.html&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=245862020" target="_blank">A state review</a> of the Union County Department of Human Services has found numerous failures in the agency's operations over the last three years.&nbsp; Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:15:17 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 46418 at http://wfae.org State Finds Major Problems In Union County Child Welfare Program Union Schools Accused Of Discriminating Against Immigrant Youth http://wfae.org/post/union-schools-accused-discriminating-against-immigrant-youth <p>Union County is one of two North Carolina school districts accused of making it difficult for youth who are in the country illegally to enroll.&nbsp; The Southern Poverty Law Center along with other groups filed <a href="http://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/doj_complaint_-_letter_to_nc_dpi_and_board_of_education.pdf">the complaint</a> with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:09:00 +0000 Lisa Miller 45364 at http://wfae.org Union Schools Accused Of Discriminating Against Immigrant Youth Union County Offers $3 Million To Schools To Avoid Redistricting http://wfae.org/post/union-county-offers-3-million-schools-avoid-redistricting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Union County Public Schools got word of an unexpected offer last night that could allow the district to avoid a controversial redistricting, at least for now. The county has agreed to give the school district $3 million for mobile classrooms to ease overcrowding.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:07:49 +0000 Lisa Miller 44365 at http://wfae.org Union County Offers $3 Million To Schools To Avoid Redistricting Union Schools May Avoid Countywide Redistricting http://wfae.org/post/union-schools-may-avoid-countywide-redistricting <p>Union County might be spared a controversial countywide school redistricting plan after all.</p><p>School board chair Richard Yercheck said Tuesday morning he expects his group will accept the county commissioners’ surprise $3 million offer to buy 49 mobile units. Commissioners <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/02/03/4661601/union-co-commissioners-make-surprise.html#.UvDoi_ldXjs" target="_blank">on Monday </a>said they made the offer to eliminate the need for countywide redistricting, and solve an issue that has been tearing the community apart</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:49:18 +0000 Adam Bell 44339 at http://wfae.org State Continues Review of Union County Child Abuse Cases http://wfae.org/post/state-continues-review-union-county-child-abuse-cases <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State health officials are continuing to review whether Union County mishandled any child abuse cases when Wanda Larson worked for the county. Larson was a supervisor for child protective services when authorities charged her in November with child abuse.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 03:05:30 +0000 Michael Tomsic 43763 at http://wfae.org State Continues Review of Union County Child Abuse Cases Union County Parents Gear Up To Fight School Redistricting http://wfae.org/post/union-county-parents-gear-fight-school-redistricting <p>If you live in western Union County, you’re well acquainted with the words ‘school redistricting.’ For many years the district scrambled to build schools to keep up with all the growth, re-drawing attendance lines as new schools opened.&nbsp;</p><p>Now many schools are filling up again.&nbsp; The school board is mulling a plan to ease the overcrowding by shifting nearly 6,000 students to different schools.&nbsp; Many parents are mad.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:48:59 +0000 Lisa Miller 43636 at http://wfae.org Union County Parents Gear Up To Fight School Redistricting Union School Board Considers Redistricting http://wfae.org/post/union-school-board-considers-redistricting <p align="left">Nearly 6,000 students in Union County could end up in different schools next year.&nbsp; The Union County school board is considering a plan to re-draw attendance zones of many schools to ease overcrowding and make way for expected growth.&nbsp; That has caused an uproar among parents.&nbsp;</p><p align="left">&nbsp; Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:41:40 +0000 Lisa Miller 43411 at http://wfae.org Mayor Of Indian Trail Denied Foster Care License For Public Comments In Abuse Case http://wfae.org/post/mayor-indian-trail-denied-foster-care-license-public-comments-abuse-case <p>The mayor of Indian Trail and his wife won’t be allowed to care for a foster child, and the reason has nothing to do with whether they can do the job.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:44:55 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 42700 at http://wfae.org Mayor Of Indian Trail Denied Foster Care License For Public Comments In Abuse Case