SAISD Board of Trustees approve redistricting
SAISD Board of Trustees approve redistricting plan for single-member districts
Sept. 24, 2012 – The San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees last night approved a plan to redraw boundaries for five of the seven single-member trustee districts.
The board approved Map B-1, which calls for redrawing boundaries for single-member districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.The other option, Map A, would have impacted three single-member districts: 3, 4 and 5.
Next, the plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice for review and pre-clearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. After the plan is pre-cleared, the Bexar County Voter Registrar will provide updated voter information to SAISD voters early next year.
By law, the District was required to review the populations within each single-member district after 2010 Census data were released to determine whether the districts contained substantially equal population. Two plans that would bring the districts into compliance with state and federal laws were presented to the community at three public meetings in August and September, and that public input factored into the school board’s decision Monday night.
Both maps were developed by the firm of Powell & Leon, LLP, which conducted an analysis of the populations within the single-member 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.