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Stallings adopts resolution against school redistricting

The Stallings Town Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday night opposing possible redistricting by the Union County school district.

Wesley Chapel passed a similar resolution last week.

The school district is considering its first countywide redistricting to deal with overcrowding in the schools, but a final decision has not been made. The move would involve about 5,800 of the district’s 41,800 students and has upset many parents and students.

In its resolution, the Stallings board noted that “a large majority” of its residents opposed redistricting, and it urged the district to seriously consider alternative plans.

Other options include building new schools or additions, holding school year-round, adding more enrollment caps or having morning, afternoon and evening shifts at schools. District officials have called redistricting the only option that does not come with additional costs for taxpayers.

In its resolution, Stallings acknowledged that it has approved zoning for residential growth without consulting the school system about the impact on growth.

As part of the resolution, the council said it will consider consulting with the school system as part of its zoning procedures, and it urged other governing bodies who approve residential growth to adopt similar practices.

In Indian Trail, the Town Council will take up a resolution urging county commissioners and the school board to let voters consider a bond referendum to deal with school capacity and other issues. The resolution states that redistricting may affect property values, and the perception over potential redistricting changes “may have an impact on recruiting new industry and businesses to Union County.”

The council was set to take up the resolution Tuesday night, but the meeting was canceled because of the threat of snow. The school board is expected to return to the redistricting issue at its Feb. 4 meeting.

Bell: 704-358-5696; Twitter: @abell
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