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Old 12-13-2013, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Charlotte Metro Area
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Short term I don't see an option other than redistricting when some schools are 150% capacity and some are 75% capacity... long term and strategic thinking is a separate discussion and I'm sure we're loaded with ideas.
Long term? Let Union County add a 5% tax on sales of newly built homes that would go directly to the UCPS building and maintenance budget (rather than being controlled by the county).
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:44 AM
 
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It would be nice to see the county "leaders," and I use that term loosely, require some kind of developer's fee to support any impact on the schools.

Can someone refresh my memory: Is it the March meeting at which the BOE will release the new redistricting map of how developments might shift?
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Union County
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Long term? Let Union County add a 5% tax on sales of newly built homes that would go directly to the UCPS building and maintenance budget (rather than being controlled by the county).
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It would be nice to see the county "leaders," and I use that term loosely, require some kind of developer's fee to support any impact on the schools.

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Your issue is with the county planning folks, not with the BOE... You should call them instead of venting to a group that does not control what you're after.

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Old 12-16-2013, 04:03 PM
 
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It would be nice to see the county "leaders," and I use that term loosely, require some kind of developer's fee to support any impact on the schools.
This has been discussed in detail on several other threads. First the BOCC doesn't have control of this. It has to come from the NC General Assembly. Second, Our leaders, are financed by the local developers that profit from buying cheap land from the old farmers and building neighborhoods like Cureton and Millbridge and Lawson etc. Three of the 5 Members of the BOCC ran as a block funded by developer PACs, the other two ran unopposed and one ran the election campaign of the state senator for the county. The State Senator whose campaign was run by a member of the BOCC (and next door neighbor) is introducing legislation that would prevent the BOE from ever suing the county again if they don't get the adequate funding dollars they need. One of our sitting state reps owned the land where Lawson sits today.

Any chance for change is going to have to come at the grass roots level. People really need to dig deep and really understand why things happen they way the do in the UC. The best way is to follow the money, check who makes campaign contributions to the BOCC. Read about the trial, the BOCC flat out lied in court and was it was proven that they lied. They have offered the BOE 1/10th of their judgement and are trying to sell it as a good deal for the schools. An independent assesment of the schools say it would take $9.4 million dollars just to fix all the leaking roofs in the schools in the county. The BOE aren't the real bad guys here. They didn't stand up to the BOCC when they should have, but I don't think taking the BOCC to court (and winning) was no small feat. If roofs at New Town or Rea View or Marvin High School were leaking like they do at Sun Valley, Monroe and Piedmont, the outrage would be deafening. It is sad that it takes something like potential re-districting in those areas to make people stand up and notice what is going on in the county.
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