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School Board to Host Meeting on the Impact of the 2010 Census July 30

School Board to Host Meeting on the Impact of the 2010 Census July 30

Tony Hillerman Middle School

July 13, 2010

The APS Board of Education will meet July 30 to discuss the impact of 2010 Census results may have on individual school board districts, and to analyze how the boundaries of those districts may shift to address changes in Albuquerque’s population.

Most of us have heard about the importance of the 2010 Census and how having an accurate accounting of people living in an area can impact funding for community services, public schools and other areas. The census is an important tool used in determining political representation of voters at federal, state and local levels. Adjustments are made to congressional, legislative, county and city districts depending on population growth and shifts.

Albuquerque Public Schools is made up of seven individual board member districts. While congressional, legislative, city and county redistricting focuses on voter representation, school board redistricting focuses on population growth and proportionate representation of students who attend schools in the district. The districts are represented by board members who are elected for staggered terms.

By law, school board districts have to review redistricting boundaries after each federal census. Based on preliminary results from the 2010 Census, adjustments may be needed to some of the seven individual school board district boundaries because of population shifts. These adjustments could impact the need for new or expanded schools. As a result of the 2000 Census, APS built or renovated 14 schools. In response to shifting population determined by that census, APS built several new schools on the West Side, including Volcano Vista High School, Tony Hillerman Mid-School and Sunset View and Tierra Antigua elementaries.

The redistricting to be considered during this process does not deal with attendance zones of schools. Attendance zones are addressed during specific redistricting meetings for individual schools when population grows or shrinks within a particular geographic area.

The Special Board meeting will be held at 7:30 a.m., Friday, July 30, in the DeLayo-Martin Community Room at the APS Building, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE. It is only the first of several meetings that will be scheduled during the school year, once the district receives the results of the 2010 Census, and following the February 2011 school board election for districts 1, 2 and 4. At the meeting this month, preliminary data will be reviewed with the help of legal and demographic consultants. That data includes social and economic information, demographic details and budget numbers for each of the seven board districts. A recommendation is expected to be submitted to the New Mexico Public Education Department for approval in about a year.

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