Board of Education consider new boundaries for director districts
State law requires a reapportionment every four years to ensure representative government
CASTLE ROCK – The continuing growth of Douglas County is prompting the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education to redraw the boundaries of its director districts.
Every four years Colorado state law (C.R.S. 22-31-110) requires the Board to revise these seven districts to ensure they contain “substantially the same number of persons.” The statute also requires that the districts be compact and contiguous. The director districts proposed were developed from the District’s existing boundaries for the director districts and attempt to maintain the historic pattern of representation.
Director district boundaries were last evaluated and updated in 2012. According to the Douglas County Community Development department the county’s population has increased by approximately 26,210 people since 2012. Additionally, DCSD educates a portion of Elbert County’s students. Colorado State Demography Office estimates Elbert County’s 2014 population at 24,195, which is a 763 increase from 2012’s estimate of 23,432.
Following a substantial procurement process, which began in January 2016, DCSD selected Western Demographics Inc. for the reapportionment project. The Board of Education approved the vendor in August and since then, the company has worked to closely evaluate the population changes in the District and to propose reapportionment options for the Board to consider.
During the Board's November 15 meeting, four scenarios were presented. The following is a synopsis from Western Demographics, Inc.:
“The proposed Director District scenarios comply with the statute and divides the population in the district into seven equal districts. No existing directors are displaced as a result of the proposed reapportionment.
The populations for the proposed scenarios are shown in the following table. Scenario 1 represents a minimal change and Scenario 2 proposes slightly cleaner boundaries while minimizing change. Scenario 3 is an attempt at alignment to elementary school boundaries and Scenario 4 is an attempt to align to high school boundaries, but acknowledges the challenges of aligning nine high school boundaries to seven director districts. The attached maps show the existing boundaries and the proposed new Director Districts.
READ MORE: Additional Data on the Four Scenarios
The Board of Education is expected to vote on a solution on December 13. State law requires the reapportionment be completed by December 31. The changes will be effective January 2017.