Aug 23, 2017, Charlotte, NC, WCNC: Union County schools to reduce suspensions http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/outreach/back-to-school/union-county-schools-to-reduce-suspensions/466811238 As students in Union County are getting ready to go back to school next week, they'll notice some changes if they get in trouble. After a hard look at the data, administrators in Union County Public Schools realized they needed to change how students should be disciplined. "We're suspending way too many kids in elementary schools, particularly in kindergarten through sixth grade,” said Union County Public Schools Superintendent Andrew Houlihan. “We're trying to reduce that." Staff members from schools in Forest Hills and Monroe – including Benton Heights Elementary -- attended special training, hoping to improve managing student behavior…. The goal of the training is to reduce the number of suspensions by creating better relationships.