Schools respond to county mediation comments

A press release by Union County Public Schools
Aug. 01, 2013 @ 04:43 PM

An impasse has been declared in the mediation between the Union County Board of Commissioners and School Board. By law, the School Board has five days within which to file a lawsuit. Following the failure of mediation, the Union County Office of the Commissioners and Manager issued a press release attacking the school system.

It is highly inappropriate, irregular and irresponsible for either side to release details of confidential proposals made during mediation. We are stunned that the County has chosen to do so and to blatantly misrepresent the School System’s position and proposals. The County’s press release appears to be a transparent attempt to prejudice any potential jury pool.

It truly represents a failure of leadership when County Commissioners and the County Manager choose to publicly attack their own school system for trying to meet the needs of its children and the expectations of its citizens.

What is abundantly clear from this process, and from the County’s press release, is that the County’s elected and appointed leaders lack a fundamental understanding of the School System’s needs and operations. We intend to prove our case in court, where the truth will come out.

The Union County Public School System is the engine driving this County’s growth and assuring its future prosperity.  The citizens and children of Union County deserve better.