EPISD Seeks Input From Community For New Trustee Maps
EL PASO - The El Paso Independent School District is redrawing board of trustee districts to meet state and federal regulations after the 2010 census and are asking for input from the community.
The current maps will need to be redrawn because the population difference between the smallest and largest district in the school system is more than 10 percent. A violation, according to state and federal guidelines.
The current board of seven members, each appointed a representative to form a redistricting committee to ask the community for input through a series of meetings at schools in the district.
The goal is to keep the current trustee in their district while rebuilding districts that are comparable in size and population for each board member.
"We did not want to by fiat eliminate a board member from their current district," said Michael Blake, a member of the redistricting committee.
The committee has come up with two models for new districts:
Model 1 would result in a trustee not having a high school in their district, something the committee feels is very important for each trustee.
Model 2 would have a high school in every district.
The committee is still open to ideas and neither model is finalized. The district will hold at least seven more meetings in the coming weeks.
• April 18 - Mesita Elementary School
• April 19 - Morehead Middle School
• April 23 - Charles Middle School
• April 25 - Crosby Elementary School
• April 26 - Ross Middle School
• April 30 - Burges High School
• May 3 - Bowie High School
All meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. If you cannot attend one of the meetings and would like to provide input, send your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the proposed maps: