The McKinney ISD held the first of three public hearings Monday night, Aug. 15, on proposed new boundaries voting districts for Trustees. The meeting was quiet with only three members of the public showing up to give input.
Redistricting of voting districts is required every 10 years after the Census is taken for political bodies from school districts to cities, the state and congressional districts. The Redistricting is necessary to even out the districts so each school board trustee represents about the same number of residents. This redistricting is strictly for voting districts and does not affect school attendance zones.
The District appointed a citizen’s Redistricting Committee with representatives from each of the five voting districts. The MISD has seven Trustees, five of which are elected from geographic districts, and two of which are elected at-large.
Redistricting Committee spokesperson Martin Sanchez explained the difference between the two maps created by that committee: “Preferred Plan” and “Alternate Plan.” He said the committee ultimately chose the “Preferred Plan” because it more evenly divided future growth between Districts 2 and 3, while the “Alternate Plan” concentrated more of the growth in District 3.
District 2 resident Tommy Stanley expressed concern that the “Preferred Plan” divided the current District 2 into three separate districts. He suggested the “Alternate Plan” did a better job of preserving the existing district.
Sanchez said the committee discussed that same concern and had presented their “Alternate Map” for public comment along with the “Preferred Map” to address that very issue.
MISD will hold two additional Public Hearings on the maps at 7 p.m., Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 at the MISD Administration Building. Comments on the maps can be sent to MISD Chief Financial Officer Steve Fortenberry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above: Martin Sanchez