Director District Redistricting Plan 2022
August 9, 2022
Contact: Tammy Longstaff, Business Office Admin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director District Boundary Changes Proposed
Affects school board elections only, not schools
Ferndale, Washington – Every ten years, after each U.S. Census is completed, school districts must review the boundaries of their board of director districts to ensure equitable geographic representation. Ferndale School District is divided into five geographic regions or districts, one for each board seat. Candidates for the school board must run for the seat of the director district they live in. By creating five equal director districts, geographic diversity is ensured on the school board. Each position is elected by all district voters, so each of the five directors represents the entire district in their board actions.
These boundaries are completely unrelated to school attendance boundaries: this process will not change any neighborhood school boundaries.
In February 2021, the district contracted with Sammamish Data Systems to develop a proposal for new director district boundaries based on the latest census data. Since the last realignment of director districts, there has been a small shift in population growth. Currently, our director districts vary in population from a low of 6,490 in District 1 to a high of 7,741 in District 2.
The proposed new director district boundaries would balance these populations so that all five districts would have approximately 7,130 residents.
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A presentation and public hearing on this proposal will be held on August 30, 2022, prior to the regular school board meeting. The hearing will begin at 5:45pm. Current and proposed maps are also available on the district website, www.ferndalesd.org. The board will consider this matter for adoption at the August 30, 2022, meeting. The board must adopt new director districts by November 15, 2022