Union County Schools

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. 

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

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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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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The dispute between Union County and its schools is not finished.  Union County commissioners have decided to appeal the jury’s verdict that the county owes the district $91 million. 

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Union County Public Schools has scored a victory.  After a two-month long trial, a jury has decided Union County owes the district a whopping $91 million. 

“To be perfectly honest, I’m in awe and humbled at the number,” says school board chairman Richard Yercheck. 

“I think whoever tells you they’re not surprised at a verdict of $91 million would be lying to you,” says attorney Richard Schwartz who represented the district.

School districts often complain that counties don’t give them enough money.  But Union County School officials are doing more than griping.  They’re taking the Union County commission to court.  

Union County commissioners approved a budget for this year about $8 million short of what the school board says the district needs.  The school board pushed back and the negotiations ended up in mediation.  After a five hour session today, school board chairman Richard Yercheck says the two sides are at an impasse.