What is the Best Plan for Redistricting DeKalb County?

Several options for redistricting have been presented by the DeKalb delegation for redistricting the new reduced school board. Tell us your thoughts.

At his most recent town hall meeting, State Rep. Mike Jacobs called redistricting one of the most important issues facing the General Assembly this session. 

In 2011 the General Assembly passed a bill to shrink the DeKalb School Board board from nine to seven members. In addition to this process, the districts must also be reapportioned every ten years based on the most recent census information. 

The DeKalb House Delegation was expected to deliver new district maps for the Board of Education and the DeKalb Commission by mid-February, but has so far failed to come to a consensus.  Jacobs said now Sen. Fran Millar was reviewing the maps and working with the commission to offer a recommendation.

Keeping in mind that the majority of property taxes fund the school system, how do you think the lines should be drawn? Do you agree with any of the maps?

Click on the photo gallery to view them all.

HDM February 29, 2012 at 07:47 PM
It sure looks like the 5-seat map would severely under represent North DeKalb
Kim Ellis Gokce February 29, 2012 at 08:09 PM
The Benefield map is the only one that acknowledges a Cross Keys constituency. The Jester map is second in this regard. The rest do not contemplate or seem to care if there is such a school nor human children in it. Any but these two and it is decades more of neglect for Brookhaven's 50 year-old school. Shameful!
Stephanie Melnik Walters February 29, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I don't think I understand. In the Benefield map, Cross Keys is in pink, where there is no BOE member, right? Would you please explain to me why this is good?
HDM February 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM
A new member would be elected to represent that area rather than the districts being gerrymandered to accommodate existing board members.
Kim Ellis Gokce March 01, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Because in that map Cross Keys HS, Sequoyah MS, and their feeding elementary schools would have a single Board Rep - District #2. In virtually all other maps, including the current one in force, we have almost every one of the nine Board members "representing" our schools. It is a situation where everyone and no one is responsible for Cross Keys as an attendance area. If you look closely at the maps and compare it to the attendance lines for High Schools. the Benefield map is the only one that even acknowledges there is a Cross Keys HS area.


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