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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- The Alamance-Burlington School Board voted unanimously Monday night to redistrict some students to help alleviate overcrowding at Newlin Elementary School.  The school is overcrowded by about 100 students.

School officials said they believe the move will benefit affected students who will move to schools closer to their home. However, parents were not happy about only being notified three days ago.

"We didn't find out until last Friday," said parent Lucia Cephua, whose son, a 4th grader, will be reassigned.  "I worry it could affect him as he'll lose his favorite teachers and friends."

Parents can appeal the decision starting Wednesday and rising 5th graders will be grandfathered from the move.

“I apologize on behalf of the board that we did not reach out to you earlier," said board member Patsy Simpson who hopes parents opinions will be included in future redistricting plans.  “I think [parents] should be a part of drawing these lines and hearing from administration and being a part of that process. So [the board] can all vote on this and be on the same accord.”