D7 Redistricts School Board Boundary Lines
With the inevitable shifts in a growing population and the fact that two censuses have occurred since the District Seven boundaries were last redrawn, the adjustments are necessary to maintain an ideal balance. “Under the 2010 Census, Spartanburg School District 7 has a total population deviation of 46.69%,” according to Will Roberts, a redistricting expert with the S.C. Office of Research and Statistics. “To comply with the constitutional requirement of one person, one vote the total population deviation needs to be less than 10%. In terms of real numbers, that means each district would include about 5800 people.” With that balance in mind, the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office presented a plan to School Board Trustees for comments and public input. Roberts added that, “a number of South Carolina districts are moving through the exact same process.”
Redistricting of school board boundary lines is the responsibility of the General Assembly. The vote on the new boundaries for District Seven is expected to go before the legislature in February 2015. Under the new plan all incumbents were able to remain in the school board voting districts in which they were elected to represent. This boundary movement does not affect attendance zone boundaries for any school.
At the November meeting of the District Seven School Board, representatives from the Fiscal Affairs Office walked members through the fluctuations in populations throughout the five districts and presented a drawing of a new boundary map that ensures minority percentages at or above the benchmark. The goal, said Board Chair Rick Gray, is to respect constituent consistency and communities of interest, as well as to ensure our District is well within the laws of the constitution.
Please see the maps below which illustrate the proposed changes.
Community Forum Flyer
District Voting Lines - Downloadable Maps
District Voting Lines - Maps