Redistricting talk continues

South Routt School Board may take issue to voters as soon as May

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The growing population of Stagecoach and the forced resignation of a board member prompted the South Routt School Board to begin discussing the possibility of redistricting months ago.

At Thursday's meeting, the School Board continued that discussion, and its members said they could take the idea to South Routt voters as soon as May.

"We had a good discussion," board President Tim Corrigan said. "For some time, we've had a consensus that we as a board think redistricting will be best. We are just beginning to grapple with doing it."

The board has seven members who represent seven director districts, but it has been at least six years since the district has shifted boundaries to reflect population changes, business manager Dina Murray said.

When former board member AlidaLee Gingerich moved out of District 1 in the spring, she had to resign.

When Janette Manke was appointed to replace Gingerich, Manke said it was unfortunate a woman who wanted to be on the board was forced to vacate her seat. Talk of creating at least one at-large position surfaced.

The board did not finalize the number of districts and district lines at Thursday's meeting, and it is remains undecided whether the board would ask voters to approve redistricting at a special election in May or wait for the regular election in November.

But Corrigan, who said the district has to rebalance districts anyway because of population shifts, said he is leaning toward May.

If the board waits until November, voters will have to decide on redistricting at the same time they vote for board members. If boundaries aren't set, it creates confusion as to who to vote for.

"It's theoretically possible, but it sounded complicated to me," Corrigan said about waiting until November.

The board scheduled a special work session for noon Nov. 16 to discuss redistricting.

"That's what we'll focus on and how it would all work," Corrigan said.

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