SAISD Board of Trustees approves redistricting plan
The San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees on Sept. 24 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.
The plan was submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice for review and pre-clearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. It was pre-cleared on December 4, 2012. The Bexar County Voter Registrar will provide updated voter information to SAISD voters in 2013.
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.
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.
Some campuses now reside in different single member districts as a result of redistricting. These are:
Bowden, now District 1
Briscoe, now District 4
Douglass, now District 1
Harris, now District 4
Herff, now District 4
Navarro, now District 5
Pickett, now District 1
Smith, now District 2
Storm, now District 5