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Feds OK BSISD district maps

December 28, 2011

Big Spring Independent School District officials have received federal approval of its new single-member district maps.

BSISD Business Manager Debbie Green said the district recently received a “notice of no objection” to its redistricting plan from the U.S. Department of Justice, meaning the new boundaries will take effect in time for the 2012 trustee elections.

Population and demographic shifts forced the school district to make changes to its single-member districts. Since the 2000 Census, that all-important demographic makeup has changed well beyond federally approved limits.

“The Department of Justice allows for a 10 percent deviation (in each district's demographic breakdown ) between censuses,” BSISD School Board President Jeff Brorman said earlier this year.. “We have a 28 percent deviation.”

The redistricting effort reflected an increase in the number of voting-age Hispanics in Big Spring. Hispanic population within the district has increased from 35 percent in 2000 to 42 percent in 2010. Correspondingly, the district's Anglo population has decreased from 58 percent in 2000 to a fraction above 50 percent in 2010.

BSISD's goal, officials said, was to come up with a map that had three districts that were predominantly Hispanic, three that were predominantly Anglo and one that was evenly split in ethnic makeup.

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