School system redistricting overdue

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Steamboat Springs School District officials plan to move quickly to review the school system's director-district boundaries after it was discovered the procedure hasn't been done in at least six years.

The district has a legal obligation to review its director-district boundaries every four years, attorney Mike Holloran said at a School Board study session Monday.

The problem first came to light when officials from Colorado Mountain College requested the latest districting information from the public school system, Superintendent Donna Howell said.

District officials aren't sure when redistricting was last carried out, though it likely hasn't been since 1997, Howell said.

Redistricting is done to balance the population in each director district. Each School Board member is elected to represent one of the district's five director districts. The district's failure to evaluate its director boundaries will not impact this fall's School Board election, Howell said, though it may impact future elections.

Holloran recommended the School Board complete the redistricting before the end of the calendar year.

The cost of redistricting is unknown, School Board members said Monday. Regardless, an action item will appear on the next board meeting agenda.

The school district will explore the possibility of sharing redistricting costs with CMC, which also needs to redistrict its boundaries, Howell said.


-- To reach Brent Boyer call 871-4234

or e-mail bboyer@steamboatpilot.com

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