Governing Board To Adopt New Election Ward Map March 27

Posted by Renee Ryon at 3/11/2012

The Phoenix Union Governing Board will adopt a new election ward map at the March 27 special governing board meeting which will then be sent to the Department of Justice for pre-clearance.  That map will be a reconfiguring of the five wards based on 2010 population census data.   The public and governing board is considering four alternative maps developed from input at community meetings, and from proposed maps submitted by the public via an online mapping program. These alternative maps, with demographic background information, are available at the Phoenix Union website at  www.phoenixunion.org/redistricting.  One community meeting was held March 5 and another is scheduled for March 20 at Cesar Chavez High School at 6 p.m.  Public input will be considered through March 22.   

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, without diminishing minority voting representation.