Bay County school board members discuss re-districting

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Bay County school board members got a look at their options for re-districting Tuesday.

The state constitution mandates county officials re-district every 10 years after the U.S. census.

During Tuesday afternoon's school board meeting, Bay County Elections Supervisor, Mark Andersen, presented two different proposed district maps. They're the same maps Bay County commissioners considered last week, before choosing map number 1.

Andersen told board members following the commission's lead would be easier for voters.

"Having the same number districts as the county commission will be less confusing. We've been trying really to get to that over a number of years. I think that's a good idea and you know, we've always worked with the county commissioners and kind of followed lead on the districts unless we had some serious problems with it and we don't," said School Board Attorney, Franklin Harrison.

"It's nice to hear the school board is actually very interested in working in the best interest of voters, changing their number to match county commissioners districts," said Supervisor of Elections, Mark Andersen.

If the board adopts map number 1, the only change would be adding West Bay Elementary to the current District 2. Board members will hold a pubic hearing before voting on the issue.

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