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from  Bob Hunter, FAICP, Executive Director 

 eNews Issue 2011.26   


 The ABCs of School Redistricting 

Robert B Hunter, FAICPThe kids are back to school this week, and it's important to know that school Redistricting of School Board Member Voting Districts does not impact student attendance boundaries or transportation.  But with the release of the 2010 Census, the Hillsborough County School Board is redistricting their Board member districts.  The Planning Commission was asked by the School Board and the Supervisor of Elections to assist with the redistricting process.young girl studying


What is Redistricting?


Redistricting is a process to address the changes in population occurring naturally over time.  Redistricting redefines election district boundaries to equalize population within each district.  Florida Law (2006-333) requires that the Hillsborough County School Board five single-member districts be redefined by the School Board, in consultation with the Supervisor of Elections, in the odd-numbered year immediately following each census.  The goal is as equal total population as possible, not voting age population, in each new district.


Why does Redistricting Matter?


The Redistricting process is important to ensure adequate representation to all members of the public.  Hillsborough County is one of four counties in the State of Florida required by Federal Law to submit any changes which impact voting or the voting process to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for preclearance.  The DOJ reviews the approved redistricting plan to ensure no dilution of the vote (i.e. retrogression) among traditionally, minority dominated districts.

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The Role of the Planning Commission


Planning Commission staff performed the technical analysis to develop redistricting alternatives that met all legal requirements.  Starting with the existing school board districts, staff created many alternatives, keeping in mind the goal of equal population and respecting the minority populations in Districts 1 and 5.  Planning Commission staff in consultation with the staff from the Supervisor of Elections office selected the best three alternatives and prepared all the maps to visually display the results.  The three alternatives will be presented to the School Board for their selection and approval at a Public Hearing at 5:30 p.m. on October 4th.

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What Can You Do?


Several public open houses are being held around the county to gather public input on the alternatives.  More information about the open houses, viewable images of the alternatives, and comment sheets can be found on the school's redistricting website at:




On August 11th, the first workshop was held at Leto High School in West Tampa.  The meeting was a great success.  Staffs from the Supervisor of Elections, the Planning Commission and Hillsborough County Schools attended the meetings.  This collaborative effort is a rich example of multiple government agencies working together sharing experience, knowledge and talent for the common cause.


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