Interactive Online Mapping Tool Available to Public
Posted by Community Relations Department at 2/15/2012 12:00:00 PM
Residents living in the Phoenix Union High School District boundaries will have a chance at redrawing the maps of its five single-member governing board districts or wards through the use of an online mapping program that is now available on the District’s website at www.phoenixunion.org/redistricting.
The online mapping site allows individuals to draw and submit proposed maps that adhere to the key principles of redistricting--equal distribution of population and preserving minority voting representation-- in each of the five wards. Users can move precincts and neighborhoods from existing wards to create new wards, while the mapping program simultaneously updates the demographics of each ward.
Based on 2010 census data, each ward should have an “ideal” total population size of 130,518. Currently, Ward 1 in southwest Phoenix and Laveen, which experienced rapid growth in the last ten years, has 30 percent more residents than the targeted population, while three wards in the north and east of the school district have up to 13 percent less than the 130,000 mark. The new wards should also be geographically compact and connected.
The online tool will be active until February 20 to gather additional community input into the redistricting process. Additional meetings will take place at the PUHSD District office at 4502 N. Central Avenue in March for additional public input and eventual adoption of the redistricting plan that must be submitted to the Department of Justice by April 1. Here is the meeting schedule.
• Thurs., March 1, 6:30 p.m. - Research Advisory Services, Inc., with its collected community input, will present 4-5 alternative maps to the Governing Board at its regular monthly meeting.
• Mon., March 5, 6:00 p.m. - Draft maps will be presented to the community at a public meeting for resident input. Input will be considered through March 22.
• Tues., March 27, 6:00 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 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.