Hays school district selects committee to start election redistricting process

STAFF REPORT

HAYS CISD — Hays CISD named the committee responsible for redistricting the single-member election
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Law requires HCISD redraw bounderies of its single-member trustee election districts based on the 2020 Census data. Members of the HCISD Redistricting Advisory Committee include Jeff Barton, Celeste Castro, Sylvia Cruz, Jamie Fulenwider, Jackie Hooks and Jazz Loug.

A webpage was created to include the information about the redistricting process and allow individuals to submit comments.

The committee will work with a demographer and an attorney during the process. Guidelines for redistricting single-member districts are listed below.

• Drawing districts to contain similar total voting age population size

• Drawing districts that contain contiguous and compact geographic areas

• Using easily identifiable geographic features as boundaries

• Maintaining communities of interest an minimizing dividing neighborhoods

• Considering the residential locations of current school board members in their separate districts

• Evaluating minority voting strength in terms of voting age population

• Avoiding retrogression of racial and language minorities as defined in the Voting Rights Act This committee will consider redistricting options during the fall semester and a decision by the trustees is expected to be made in December.

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