SAISD board reviews possible redistricting plans

SAISD board reviews possible redistricting plans

At the June 28 special-called board meeting, the San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees considered sample redistricting plans for its seven single- member districts. After the release of the 2010 census, an assessment prepared by Austin attorney Sara Leon showed an imbalance in population between the seven single member trustee districts.

Although SAISD has not experienced significant population changes, there is currently a difference of greater than 10 percent between the most populous and least populous single member districts, according to the federal census. The least populous district is Single Member District 5, represented by Trustee Patti Radle. Growth in Single Member District 3, represented by Trustee Debra Guerrero, makes that District the most populous district. In order to conform to the “one person, one vote” mandate of the United States Constitution, district lines will need to be changed to bring the District into balance. 

In March, the Board of Trustees hired the Austin-based firm of Powell & Leon to assist the District in redrawing the trustee district lines. An initial assessment was presented to the board at its April 9 meeting. At that time, the school board approved criteria to be used in redrawing district lines. Thursday, the board reviewed six sample plans prepared by redistricting counsel. The board plans to further review the plans at the July 16 board meeting, as well as vote on a calendar for conducting public hearings to get community input. The Board plans to hold public meetings after the start of the school year.

For more information, please visit the District’s redistricting page.