Archive for Thursday, December 13, 2012

School board approves redistricting

The Basehor-Linwood school district's administrative offices, and the school board meeting room, are located at 2008 N. 155th St.

The Basehor-Linwood school district's administrative offices, and the school board meeting room, are located at 2008 N. 155th St.

December 13, 2012

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Almost 1,700 Basehor residents will need to prepare to vote in a new member district for school board elections this spring.

Basehor School Board members approved changes to voting district boundaries at a special meeting Wednesday night to account for population changes measured in the 2010 census.

The biggest change is for voters previously in the southern portion of member district positions 2 and 5, who will now vote in positions 3 and 6. But a small southwest corner of member district 1 and 4 has also been moved to 2 and 5.

The new southern boundary for the northern member district 1 and 4 will be from the east school district boundary running west along Parallel Road to 163rd Street, where it will head north to Leavenworth Road then west to the west district boundary. That creates the northern boundary for member district 2 and 5.

District 2 and 5’s southern boundary will now be from the east school district boundary running west along Kansas Avenue to 174th Street, where it heads north to Evans Road then west to the west district boundary.

Positions 1 and 4 previously had a population of 4,308, positions 2 and 5 had 5,083, and positions 3 and 6 had 2,562. Redistricting would adjust the boundaries’ populations to 3,984 in positions 1 and 4,4047 in positions 2 and 5, and 3922 in 3 and 6.

Superintendent David Howard said he hadn’t realized the discrepancy until recently, most likely because the boundaries hadn’t been adjusted since before the 2000 census. The board moved quickly on approving the redistricting, which was discussed at its regular meeting Monday, to meet election-filing deadlines.

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