Union County

Local News
9:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

State Finds Major Problems In Union County Child Welfare Program

Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson were indicted on child abuse charges in December. Larson was fired from her job as a child protective services supervisor.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

A state review of the Union County Department of Human Services has found numerous failures in the agency's operations over the last three years. 

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Local News
12:09 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Union Schools Accused Of Discriminating Against Immigrant Youth

Credit Flickr/Seth Sawyers / http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidewalk_flying/4267034867/sizes/l/

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.  The Southern Poverty Law Center along with other groups filed the complaint with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. 


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Local News
6:07 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Union County Offers $3 Million To Schools To Avoid Redistricting

Parents protest redistricting plans at a school board meeting in January.
Credit Lisa Miller

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. 

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Charlotte Observer
11:49 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Union Schools May Avoid Countywide Redistricting

Union County might be spared a controversial countywide school redistricting plan after all.

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 on Monday said they made the offer to eliminate the need for countywide redistricting, and solve an issue that has been tearing the community apart

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Local News
10:05 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

State Continues Review of Union County Child Abuse Cases

Wanda Larson and her boyfriend.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

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. 


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Local News
10:48 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Union County Parents Gear Up To Fight School Redistricting

About 1,200 parents come to last night's school board meeting to protest redistricting plans. They filled the school auditorium and the overflow went to the gym.
Lisa Miller

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. 

Now many schools are filling up again.  The school board is mulling a plan to ease the overcrowding by shifting nearly 6,000 students to different schools.  Many parents are mad.   


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Local News
9:41 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Union School Board Considers Redistricting

Nearly 6,000 students in Union County could end up in different schools next year.  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.  That has caused an uproar among parents. 


 

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Politics
12:44 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Mayor Of Indian Trail Denied Foster Care License For Public Comments In Abuse Case

Mayor Michael Alvarez says he received a letter from DSS that says that because of his public comments about DSS, he and his wife are no longer being considered for a foster care license.
Credit Courtesy of Indian Trail

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.


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Local News
10:27 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Settlement Looks Unlikely In $91 Million Union County Schools Verdict

Union County Court House
Credit Jimmy Wayne / Flickr

Union County and its school board continue to bicker over funding.  But since October, it’s taken a different tone after a jury ordered Union County to pay the school system $91 million.  Union County commissioners offered a much smaller settlement this month and the school board said, “No, thank you.”


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Charlotte Observer
9:43 am
Fri December 20, 2013

School Staff Had Concerns About Children Whose Mother Was DSS Manager

Credit Charlotte Observer

The welfare of five children now at the center of a high-profile abuse case worried staffers at Union Academy charter school last year, a school supervisor said.

The supervisor said she decided to bypass the local Department of Social Services because she knew the children’s mother worked there as a manager. Instead, the supervisor tried to contact the state DSS directly, but she says her calls were not returned.

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