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Posted December 12, 2011

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Redistricting Committee Recommends Two Plans with More West Side Representation

Board of Education to consider proposed district boundary changes in January

The APS redistricting committee recently recommended two concept plans to the Board of Education, which is expected to consider proposed school board district boundary changes in January.

While the committee agreed, based on 2010 Census data, that the West Side needs more representation, they disagreed on the dividing line between the West Side and the rest of the city. They presented two concept plans with different boundaries: one that draws the line at Interstate 25 and another that makes the Rio Grande the dividing point.

The “preferred” plan (Plan M), supported by eight of the committee members, uses the river as a boundary for school board districts north of Central Avenue. This plan supports another West Side seat on the board. Currently, District 2 is the only district completely west of the river. The West Side also is partially represented by District 1, which covers the South Valley and a few areas east of the river, and District 3, which covers the North Valley, Corrales, Paradise Hills and Cibola High School.

The committee’s preferred plan moves Corrales, Cibola and Paradise Hills into an all-West Side district.

The preferred plan also moves District 5 from the near Heights to the middle West Side, covering West Mesa High School and the area around Interstate 40. Other Heights districts would shift to absorb District 5.

The second concept plan presented by the committee to the board (Plan F) generally shifts all the current boundaries to the west and uses I-25 as a dividing line between east and west.

The Board of Education at its Dec. 7 meeting recognized the 14 community members who served on the redistricting committee. They are:

District 1: Mike Chavez (chairman) and Esther Rivera

District 2: April Arviso and John Herrera

District 3: Emma Sandoval (vice chair) and Richard Asenap

District 4: Clay Campbell and Arturo Archuleta

District 5: Susan Wrons and Zoe Otero-Martinez

District 6: Chuck McMillian and Dan Salzwedel

District 7: Dave Marsh and Martha Nail

For more information on redistricting, visit the Redistricting School Board District site >>

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