Last Chance for Community Input of WPSB Proposed Redistricting Map

The Winn Parish School Board posted the redistricting map at the end of February in order to get the community’s feedback, suggestions and comments. According to Al Simmons WPSB Superintendent, the school board has received no input from the community whatsoever. Therefore at Monday’s WPSB Committees meeting approval of the new redistricting map has been added to the April regular meeting agenda for approval by the WPSB.

Board members got their first look at the proposed map at the WPSB Committee meeting held on Monday, February 28th. The Board then “tabled” approving the proposed map until April’s meeting to give the community time to review the proposed changes to the districts, comment, or suggest changes to the Board.

The Board posted the map on their website for review. There has also been an email address available for citizens to submit comments or suggestions. You may also contact your school board member to discuss the proposed districts.

To ensure that Winn Parish districts are properly represented the Board employed the services of Strategic Demographics, LLC to assist in redrawing the districts. A representative from the firm met with board members and analyzed data from the 2020 Census to develop the proposed map. Each district must have an equal number of citizens within a +/- 5% margin. Also very important when considering district lines is voting districts may not be split.

Winn Parish School Board Members are elec­ted by voters grouped into districts. But popu­la­tions change. Some districts gain resid­ents, others lose them. Districts also may change demo­graph­ic­ally. That’s why district bound­ar­ies are redrawn every ten years according to Census data to ensure each district has about the same number of people and that districts are reflect­ive and repres­ent­at­ive of the elect­or­ate.

You can find a list of board members here.

The proposed map below outlines the proposed boundaries for each school board district.

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