Archive for Wednesday, October 11, 2000

Board looks at voting districts

October 11, 2000

Depending on the outcome of the Nov. 7 election, the school district may consider redrawing the boundaries for the Baldwin, Marion Springs and Vinland voting districts.

A question on the ballot will ask voters if the method for electing board members should be changed to an at-large system eliminating the voting districts. Citing disproportionate populations within the districts, a group of citizens organized a petition to place the question of an at-large system on the ballot.

If voters favor keeping the current election method electing two board members from the Baldwin, Marion Springs and Vinland districts and one at-large member Supt. James White said the board should probably consider altering the boundaries of the districts. Figures obtained from the Douglas County Clerk's office this week showed the following population in each district: Baldwin, 1,682; Marion Springs, 812; Vinland, 1,147.

"Whichever way the vote goes, if the voters like what we have now, we ought to change the boundaries some to equalize each district," White said, adding that the state's attorney general also recommended the boundary changes.

More than likely, White said, that would mean including part of Baldwin City in each of the rural districts. The boundaries would be for voting purposes only, and would not change where students who reside in the city are sent to school, White said.

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