MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The U.S. Department of Justice has dispatched a letter to the Montgomery County Board of Education indicating its approval of new district lines for MPS board members.
Alabama is one of several Southern states that must have redistricting approval from the DOJ as part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The new lines define which citizens are represented in each individual board district. MPS officials said the next elections will be conducted in accordance with the newly drawn lines.
Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson was pleased with the letter. "We are required by law to review district lines after each U.S. Census," Superintendent Thompson said. "It is important that we work to ensure each board member represents a similar number of constituents."
The goal was to get as close as possible to 32,000 citizens in each board district. A Department of Justice rule allows a 10 percent deviation. The new district numbers are:
No deviations were more than two percent of the U. S. Justice Department's goal.
"There had been a significant population shift in some of the districts," Supt. Thompson said.
The lines will stay as they are until the next census, set to start in 10 years.
The district map and the DOJ letter are posted on the system's website: www.preparingstudentsforlife.com