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Redistricting School Board Districts

The APS Board of Education is a political body that oversees the district’s budget, creates policies and is charged with the employment of the superintendent. As a political body, its members are elected by the public.

On April 4, 2012 the APS Board of Education approved a school board member voter boundary map as part of a redistricting process of redrawing the boundaries of election districts that is required by law to be done every 10 years to coincide with the results of federal census data collected.

2012-2013 School Board Districts

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What is Redistricting?

Redistricting is a process to ensure that political districts have as close as possible equal population in each district. In considering their decision, the APS Board of Education:

  1. Had the assistance of professional researchers familiar with the redistricting process
  2. Asked for community input provided by a committee of residents who represented communities within Albuquerque, and
  3. Asked for community input through a variety of other means

The APS Board of Education also kept the following goals in mind in making their decision:

  1. Districts with equal population
  2. Minority voting strength
  3. Compactness of a district
  4. Contiguity of districts, and
  5. Communities of interests

If you would like more information on redistricting in New Mexico, go to the 2011 New Mexico Redistricting website to find a variety of information related to redrawing legislative and congressional district boundaries and other redistricting resources. A glossary and other useful information are located in a Guide to State and Congressional Redistricting in New Mexico 2011.

How is the APS Board of Education Affected by Redistricting?

The APS Board of Education is a political body that oversees the district’s budget, creates policies and is charged with the employment of the superintendent. As a political body, its members are elected by the public.

If board member voting boundaries change due to census results, those changes will take effect in 2013. Boundary changes in the school board voting districts might affect current board members, the schools they represent and their constituents. This boundary movement does not affect attendance zone boundaries for any school. For instance, school board voter boundary line movement could result in a school or neighborhood area being represented by a different board member.

Professional researchers have provided the APS Board of Education with concept maps of potential changes. These maps are determined by certain legal principles used by the researchers. When considering the map concepts, the Board of Education needs to look at these goals:

  1. Districts with equal population
  2. Minority voting strength
  3. Compactness of a district
  4. Contiguity of districts, and
  5. Communities of interests

To help the Board of Education obtain as much community input as possible, its members have selected two representatives from their respective districts to serve on a citizen’s committee. The work of the APS Redistricting Committee is to:

  1. Make recommendations to the Board of Education from the proposed concepts that are based on the census. The committee brings input from the community that might impact the concept maps.
  2. Bring the proposed concepts with public input to the board and ensure that goals 1-5 are met in their districts.

The APS Redistricting Committee will gather community input in Four Community Meetings sponsored by the APS Board of Education, through email to boarded@aps.edu, or through committee members’ local efforts in meeting one-on-one with constituents.

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