Sept. 9, 2022 – San Antonio ISD is launching a comprehensive public engagement process to gather community input for new Single-Member District (SMD) maps for its seven-member Board of Trustees.
Leading up to the adoption of the new maps, Trustees will host Redistricting Town Hall Meetings Sept. 13 – Oct. 4, 2022, across the district to gather input and comments from SAISD families and community members. At each of the town halls, SAISD Superintendent Dr. Jaime Aquino and a Board Trustee will host a "meet and greet" session and public discussion on proposed redistricting maps. Parents, teachers, staff, and community members from all schools within each single-member district are encouraged to attend the meetings.
Every 10 years, school districts participate in redistricting to ensure appropriate representation based on the shifts in population trends measured by the decennial federal census. Consultants from Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C., a San Antonio, law firm, have been contracted by SAISD to review and update demographic information for the entire district based on 2020 Census data. New demographic information will be released for the entire SAISD service area at each community meeting.
Texas Education Code Section 11.052(i) requires a school board to re-divide single-member districts “if the census data indicates that the population of the most populous district exceeds the population of the least populous district by more than 10 percent.” Based on new data, only six of the seven SAISD single-member districts will require changes (SMD 5 - presently served by Trustee Patti Radle does not have any proposed changes). 2020 U.S. Census data indicated a 21.7% population differential between SAISD’s most- and least-populated single-member districts, meaning SAISD must re-divide the districts to bring the differential back to 10% or less.
Criteria have been adopted by the board to draw the new maps, including but not limited to maintaining communities of interest such as neighborhoods, observing geographic boundaries when possible, and adopting single-member districts of substantially equal size.
Redistricting rebalances the total SAISD population throughout the single-member districts. It does not add new districts. Any neighborhood that is in SAISD will stay in SAISD, and any neighborhood that is currently in a neighboring school district will stay in that neighboring school district. Redistricting does not impact attendance zones, feeder patterns or taxes in any way.
Once approved, the new maps will be used for electing SAISD Board of Trustee members starting in May 2023. The deadline for approving the redistricting maps is in February 2023.
Currently, SAISD ranks third in student population among the 15 Bexar County-area school districts and is the 13th largest of Texas' 1,057 school districts. The district encompasses 79 square miles with a total population of 306,943 (based on 2010 U.S. Census).
The public can attend the meetings in person or virtually via zoom. For more information about these events, visit www.SAISD.net/redistricting or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor’s Note: At each meeting, community members can get updates for Bond 2016 and 2020 Projects, visit with SAISD enrollment specialists, win door prizes, and learn about the SAISD Foundation incentive program to encourage students from all campuses to attend classes every day.