Redistricting is the process by which a school district ensures population balance in each of its Board of Education areas. Board areas must be made as equal in population as possible and practicable so that communities have equal access to political representation. In accordance with Alabama law, the Baldwin County Board of Education is composed of seven (7) single board member districts. Under Ala. Code 16-8-1, after every Census, school districts are required to:
- Review the population data to determine if their board areas are still within the allowable variance.
- Make any necessary adjustments to the areas to ensure population balance.
The 2021 redistricting, completed in December 2021, does impact the board member areas for some of the 2022 Board member elections. The input of the community was appreciated.
What redistricting is:
- Redistricting is the process by which a school district ensures population balance of each of the Board of Education trustee areas
- It is designed for Board of Education trustee elections
What redistricting is not:
- Redistricting does not change any school’s attendance zone area boundaries.
Voting Area Considerations:
On December 7, 2021, the Board voted and approved the below BCBE Board District Map. In making its determination on the Board member district boundaries, the Board considered the following:
- Each area should contain nearly equal as practicable number of inhabitants
- Drawn to comply with the Federal Voting Rights Act
- Compact and contiguous, as much as possible
- Respect “communities of interest” as much as possible
- Feeder patterns, municipalities, historical identities, social identities, geographic boundaries
- Follow human-made and natural geographic features, if possible
- May not favor or discriminate against a political party
- Preserve the core of existing districts as much as possible
- Avoid split precincts
- Not redistrict out any current Board member