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Old 02-04-2014, 05:15 PM
 
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I tried to respond earlier and I can't find it. It was probably too long. I will hit the high points.

I admitted earlier my child is in private school but explained we have been following this issue since the beginning and had hopes of him being in the public school system one day. Again, I am sure that will give plenty of people a reason to pass right by my comment as I am seeing things on this thread like "dog in the fight." This whole thing is shameful. From the way we got here to the way people are turning against one another.

I was asked earlier about choosing between an over crowded highly rated school and a school that is out dated, in dire need of repairs with lower school rating and lower population. Both should be unacceptable for all of us. Those should not be the two choices any parent should have to make and until we all get past the "their" school "our" school mentality it will not change. Why is it ok for any school in the wealthy county to be in such poor condition? Why has UC allowed there to be such a huge difference in the school's buildings to begin with? Why have we not all been willing raise h**l about the conditions of the school across the county so if our children are redistricted, the condition of the building would be the least of our concern? What I think is equally as disgraceful is the overcrowding issue. This too should not be acceptable. I cannot believe how many people are ok with their children being in such crowed schools. It is dangerous. Earlier I said I am a UC native that remembers when the county had only 4 HS. As you can imagine, my school was crowded. I would never want my child in such crowded conditions especially today. How many people have spent a day at their child's overcrowded school to see exactly what the term "overcrowed" really means?. It is more than no seats and rushed lunch. I remember vividly having certian hallways in my school that my friends and I would walk outside and around the building to avoid walking down. We would try to be the first out of class in order to go outside and around the building and make it to our next class on time. The halls we wanted to avoid were really crowded. The halls were lined with male students and when we walked by hands would reach out and touch us inappropriately. Back then it was referred to as "copping a feel" today they call it sexual harrasment or abuse. We would turn around to try to see who hands (yes plural) had touched us only to find very large teen aged boys standing there looking back at us. We would report it to the teachers and when they had time they would "patrol" the halls. You cannot patrol what you can't see and you cannot see in a crowded hallway. This only made it more of a challenge for the boys and it did not stop. This is just one example of what "overcrowded" really means. Its a glimpse of what it can look like. I feel sure with drugs and bullying being much more prevalent today, it is at least that bad but probably worse. So my answer to the purposed question was both options scare me and they should all of you as well.

I understand wanting the best for our children, but be careful what you ask for... Highly rated schools buildings busting at the seams are in reality no safer than the buildings with structural issues. If anything the infastructure can easily be fixed.

 
Old 02-04-2014, 05:29 PM
 
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correction meeting starts at 7pm, sorry about that I posted 6:30 they are trying to post the info on twitter @protectucps

it does not have opinions when tweeting just info
Is there any live video out there or is it just the twitter?

Or is the youtube stuff after the fact?
 
Old 02-04-2014, 05:42 PM
 
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Is there any live video out there or is it just the twitter?

Or is the youtube stuff after the fact?
just the twitter I believe but more info on facebook from same feed
 
Old 02-04-2014, 05:43 PM
 
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this is really what someone said: may be improvement in trailer with active shooter.

really????
 
Old 02-04-2014, 05:52 PM
 
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I tried to respond earlier and I can't find it. It was probably too long. I will hit the high points.

I admitted earlier my child is in private school but explained we have been following this issue since the beginning and had hopes of him being in the public school system one day. Again, I am sure that will give plenty of people a reason to pass right by my comment as I am seeing things on this thread like "dog in the fight." This whole thing is shameful. From the way we got here to the way people are turning against one another.

I was asked earlier about choosing between an over crowded highly rated school and a school that is out dated, in dire need of repairs with lower school rating and lower population. Both should be unacceptable for all of us. Those should not be the two choices any parent should have to make and until we all get past the "their" school "our" school mentality it will not change. Why is it ok for any school in the wealthy county to be in such poor condition? Why has UC allowed there to be such a huge difference in the school's buildings to begin with? Why have we not all been willing raise h**l about the conditions of the school across the county so if our children are redistricted, the condition of the building would be the least of our concern? What I think is equally as disgraceful is the overcrowding issue. This too should not be acceptable. I cannot believe how many people are ok with their children being in such crowed schools. It is dangerous. Earlier I said I am a UC native that remembers when the county had only 4 HS. As you can imagine, my school was crowded. I would never want my child in such crowded conditions especially today. How many people have spent a day at their child's overcrowded school to see exactly what the term "overcrowed" really means?. It is more than no seats and rushed lunch. I remember vividly having certian hallways in my school that my friends and I would walk outside and around the building to avoid walking down. We would try to be the first out of class in order to go outside and around the building and make it to our next class on time. The halls we wanted to avoid were really crowded. The halls were lined with male students and when we walked by hands would reach out and touch us inappropriately. Back then it was referred to as "copping a feel" today they call it sexual harrasment or abuse. We would turn around to try to see who hands (yes plural) had touched us only to find very large teen aged boys standing there looking back at us. We would report it to the teachers and when they had time they would "patrol" the halls. You cannot patrol what you can't see and you cannot see in a crowded hallway. This only made it more of a challenge for the boys and it did not stop. This is just one example of what "overcrowded" really means. Its a glimpse of what it can look like. I feel sure with drugs and bullying being much more prevalent today, it is at least that bad but probably worse. So my answer to the purposed question was both options scare me and they should all of you as well.

I understand wanting the best for our children, but be careful what you ask for... Highly rated schools buildings busting at the seams are in reality no safer than the buildings with structural issues. If anything the infastructure can easily be fixed.

I 100% agree with you. All of it.
 
Old 02-04-2014, 06:05 PM
 
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Wow, all of those people packed into MRH and discussion tabled until next week. Glad I opted to stay at home!
 
Old 02-04-2014, 06:07 PM
 
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can also follow along here:
Protect Union County Public Schools | Providing information about issues affecting schools in Union County, NC

tweets appear along left hand side of that website (just scroll down a little) if you do not want to follow directly on twitter
 
Old 02-04-2014, 06:18 PM
 
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Upon returning home this evening from a flat, cold, grey becoming snow and icy place I found the following letter...

Dear Parent/Custodian:

Pursuant to BoE guidelines, a randomly selected sample of parents/custodians of Union County Public Schools students will be required to provide proofs of residence at the start of each new semester. The purpose of this requirement is to help identify students who are attending school outside of their assigned attendance areas.

Please be advised by this letter that you have been randomly selected to provide the required proofs.


Interesting timing. Anyone else?
 
Old 02-04-2014, 06:21 PM
 
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Upon returning home this evening from a flat, cold, grey becoming snow and icy place I found the following letter...

Dear Parent/Custodian:

Pursuant to BoE guidelines, a randomly selected sample of parents/custodians of Union County Public Schools students will be required to provide proofs of residence at the start of each new semester. The purpose of this requirement is to help identify students who are attending school outside of their assigned attendance areas.

Please be advised by this letter that you have been randomly selected to provide the required proofs.


Interesting timing. Anyone else?
same timing as last year....we got ours then. Funny thing is they did not see all the responses for months after asking for it

Last edited by uswith6; 02-04-2014 at 06:30 PM..
 
Old 02-04-2014, 06:23 PM
 
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Originally Posted by SunshineCJ View Post
Upon returning home this evening from a flat, cold, grey becoming snow and icy place I found the following letter...

Dear Parent/Custodian:

Pursuant to BoE guidelines, a randomly selected sample of parents/custodians of Union County Public Schools students will be required to provide proofs of residence at the start of each new semester. The purpose of this requirement is to help identify students who are attending school outside of their assigned attendance areas.

Please be advised by this letter that you have been randomly selected to provide the required proofs.


Interesting timing. Anyone else?

Yeah, I got a phone call 2 weeks ago asking for the same info. Although they asked for me by name, so I'm not sure it was random. Sounded like they were going down the list.
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