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Balanced board

School district seeks reduction of districts, fair representation

Staff writer

It will be confusing at first and will take a few years to get on track but the USD 410 board of education wants to change the method of electing its own board members.

Patrons of the school district will get the final say on the matter with the question being placed on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Currently school board members represent six districts with one at-large member for a total of seven members. The new plan would condense the districts from six to three with two members elected from each district and one at-large member to comprise the seven-member board.

Superintendent Doug Huxman indicated that the board had discussed the issue numerous times in the past year, wanting to provide the most fair representation of patrons in the district but it will take a few elections before the new districts and electors are perfectly matched.

Current populations

With the school districts being divided into six represented districts, the population is not even.

The population of those six districts vary from 440 constituents to 1,268.

With the new district or territory proposal, the three districts will be more equally divided with populations of 1,382, 1,424, and 1,472.

The seventh position will continue to represent the entire district of 4,278 residents.

Information will be distributed to the public through this newspaper, indicating the new voting districts.

Last modified Aug. 13, 2008

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