PUHSD Governing Board Ward Redistricting Process Continues

Posted by Community Relations Department on 2/29/2012 12:00:00 PM

The process of redrawing Phoenix Union Governing Board election wards continues.  Residents have had the opportunity to submit map proposals through an online mapping program.   At the March 1 Governing Board meeting, (6:30 p.m. District Offices) the District’s consultants, Research Advisory Services, Inc., will present 4-5 alternative maps to the Governing Board.  On Monday, March 5 maps will be presented to the community at a public meeting for resident input. That meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the District offices.  Input will be considered through March 22.  On Tuesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at a special Governing Board meeting, the Governing Board will adopt one final map, which will be submitted to the Department of Justice.

The school district is complying with a 1990 consent decree born out of a court case to review, and if necessary, re-draw the boundaries based on decennial census information in order to keep each ward as “nearly equal” in population, as possible, and in conformance with voting rights requirements.  Because of rapid population growth in some areas of the school district, and population loss in other areas, new ward boundaries have to be created.  Based on 2010 census data, each ward should have an “ideal” total population size of 130,518. 

The reapportioned wards will not be in effect until 2014, when the five single-district governing board terms end.  The two at-large governing board seats will be determined in the 2012 election.

More information on the Phoenix Union redistricting process, can be found at www.phoenixunion.org/redistricting.