MONROE — Union County Public Schools is considering reassigning enrollment boundaries for an Indian Trail subdivision that does not exist.
Planning staff from Indian Trail sent UCPS the rezoning proposal for the Glenhurst subdivision in October to get feedback. The project could add up to 116 single-family homes to 41 acres at the 6700 block of Potter Road. The proposal has not yet gone before the Indian Trail Town Council; however, the school’s board’s facilities committee directed its staff Dec. 17 to return with options in January to accommodate the subdivision.
The development would naturally fall within the Antioch Elementary, Weddington Middle and Weddington High attendance area. Antioch is already at 110% capacity, Weddington is at 106% capacity and Weddington High is at 98% capacity.
Don Ogram, planning and construction manager for UCPS, told Indian Trail that Glenhurst would bring the number of planned units to 387 for the Antioch attendance area and 1,580 units for the Weddington cluster. He told Indian Trail that residential construction contributes to high enrollment, which exacerbates more mobile classrooms, insufficient parking and queuing during pick-up or drop-off and inadequate space for dining and instructional planning.
Two months ago, UCPS reassigned a proposed 2,110-unit subdivision known as Park Place to the Parkwood cluster since the district was running out of capacity at Sun Valley. Park Place may go between New Town and Willoughby roads at the Clarence Secrest Road intersection.
Kathy Heintel, who chairs the facilities committee, expressed frustration during the discussion.
“Indian Trail, Stallings, I mean, I understand that they don’t care about the school system, but this is – it’s this ball rolling along that we have to deal with all the time and it’s very difficult. We send them the impact statements, which are all on our website now, and they just don’t listen to it. So I don’t know what else to do.”
Melissa Merrell, who also serves on the facilities committee, told Heintel that she couldn’t speak for the Glenhurst proposal, but from her experience, elected leaders don’t receive the school impact statements that UCPS sends to planning staff.
Glenhurst is also near attendance boundaries for Indian Trail Elementary, Sun Valley Middle and Sun Valley High, but administrators stopped short of recommending students in the subdivision should be sent to those schools.
Heintel requested UCPS staff provide more information during a January meeting about a potential trigger for such recommendations from staff. Merrell directed staff to provide specifics about Glenhurst and how many seats are available in adjacent school clusters.