Board Approves Calendar for Redistricting
Board approves calendar for redistricting
July 17, 2012 -- At the July 16 regular school board meeting, the San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees reviewed sample redistricting plans for its seven single-member districts, and designated two proposed maps for further consideration and public for input. Additionally, the board approved a timeline for conducting public hearings on redistricting.
Of the two proposals, one map would impact three single-member districts in areas 3, 4 and 5; while a second option would redraw boundaries in five single-member districts in areas 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The maps can be found on the District website, www.saisd.net, on its redistricting web page.
Three meetings to get community input on the redistricting plans are planned. The first meeting is scheduled for Lanier High School on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. The second meeting is set for Highlands High School on Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. The final meeting is scheduled to take place at Burbank High School on Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.
SAISD hired the firm of Powell & Leon, LLP to provide redistricting services based on the 2010 Census, to determine if SAISD needed to redraw its current single member trustee districts to ensure they contain substantially equal population to conform to state and federal law.
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.
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