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De Soto USD 232 Board sends redistricting maps to county

November 5, 2008

The De Soto USD 232 Board of Education agreed Monday to send to the Johnson County Election Office a proposed realignment of the boundaries of board member districts.

The issue was first discussed last month when the board members were told the district was out of compliance with a state statute requiring representation be within a mean of 5 percent of equal representation.

USD 232 has seven board seats, one of which is elected at-large and the six others tied to districts. Candidates running for the district seats must be a resident of the district and participation in any primary is limited to voters living in the district. All board general elections are contested districtwide

Data presented by Jack Deyoe, district operations and planning director, showed that 28,112 people reside within the district, meaning that each of the three board member districts should have within 5 percent of 9,370 residents. Currently, according to Deyoe’s data, the three districts do not meet that criterion.

Like its predecessors, the new proposed map splits the district into three board boundary districts. Each board district elects two members to the board.

Most of the growth in the district is occurring on its eastern side. That is reflected in the new map with a larger western district and smaller eastern districts. Under the proposed map, the-western most board district of seats 1 and 4 would stretch for the district’s western limit, through De Soto to an eastern boundary of Kansas Highway 7 and Clare Road.

The boundaries of board members 2 and 5 would be K-7 on the west, the district eastern and northern border and Johnson Drive on the south with the exception of a small section to the south west of Woodland Drive.

Board districts 3 and 6 would be then mostly south of Johnson Drive and east of the Clare Road and Kansas Highway 7.

The proposal will now be presented to the Johnson County Election Office. But Deyoe said election office officials liked the proposed changes in early discussions because it meets the population equalization while keeping voting precincts intact, which simplifies primaries.

The maps will now be formally submitted to the election office and if no problems are found resubmitted to the USD 232 Board for approval at its Dec. 1 meeting.

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