Dear Socorro ISD Residents,
The release of the 2010 census data earlier this spring requires the Socorro Independent School District to determine whether it is necessary to "redistrict" each of the trustee districts to ensure that they contain substantially equal population.
The District has received a report on the population growth in the territory of the trustee districts, and it appears that there is an imbalance in population between the five (5) separate trustee districts. Thus, the Board must undertake efforts to adjust the boundaries of the trustee districts to bring the relative populations into appropriate balance. This project must be undertaken this year so that the trustee districts will be sufficiently sized and boundaries clearly defined prior to the 2012 general election.
The adjustments to the trustee boundaries are solely for electoral purposes. Any realignment of trustee boundaries will not, in of itself, affect the attendance zones or other aspects of school district operations.
Below you will find links to a summary of the redistricting process and other important information. The Board welcomes public input related to this effort, and there is also a link below which provides a form for submitting comments. The public can also participate by contacting your Trustee, or by attending public meetings and making comments during the citizen's communication portion of regular board meetings.
The Board approved the following resolutions adopting criteria and guidelines to be used in the redistricting process. The establishment of districting criteria will facilitate drawing and ensure that drawing occurs in an objective and fair manner. The proposed guidelines detail traditional districting criteria recognized by the courts as elements reasonably utilized by political subdivisions to redistrict.
A public hearing will be held on November 15, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the SISD District Service Center 12440 Rojas Drive, El Paso, Texas.
According to the 2010 Census data, SISD's Trustee districts are not of sufficiently equal population and must be redrawn in order to comply with the "one-person, one-vote" principle established by the U.S. Constitution. The Board of Trustees is considering new boundaries for its trustee districts and after review of several draft maps, has drafted Illustrative Plan 1.
The Illustrative Plan, including a breakdown of the demographic information for each Trustee district can be found at the links below:
Illustrative Plan 1 Map | Large Format | with High School Boundaries |with Proposed Election Precincts
After the public hearing the Board may vote on a final plan establishing the Trustee district boundaries at their regular Board meeting on December 6, 2011, at 6:00 pm. The public will have an opportunity to express their opinion on the draft plan at this meeting.
Last Modified on November 8, 2011