County gets first look at school board districts
The school board members got their first look Tuesday, July 12 at draft alignments of school board voting districts during a presentation by Deborah Stagner of Tharrington Smith, the law firm selected develop the 2011 district map.
During her presentation, Ms. Stagner displayed maps of Union County and the underlying demographic data for the six voter districts.
The draft map was drawn using the parameters outlined during the June 7 board meeting, where the board had approved nine specific guidelines for redistricting. The guidelines included complying with one person, one vote requirements; no district would be above or below 5 percent of the ideal district size (33,549 population); District 1 would maintain a high percentage of minority population and districts should not split census blocks.
The map developed resembles the 2001 district map with obvious variations due to the county’s rapid growth during the previous 10 years.
Board member Carolyn Lowder was concerned that her district (District 2) was split by District 1, the minority majority district and included much of the south and western Union County into Waxhaw. She asked to have the maps reconfigured keeping District 2 is much on the eastern side of Union County as possible.
“The current districts that are 98 percent in overall deviation from smallest to largest” said Stagner, “so significant portions of the county had to be moved”
Based on the feedback from board members, Ms. Stagner will prepare alternative district configurations for the board to consider at their next meeting.
In other business, the board gave a special recognition award to Cuthbertson High School principal Rob Jackson, who was recently named as Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year for 2011.