Board of Director District Boundary Change Proposal
This affects school board elections only, not school attendance boundaries
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. White River School District is divided into five geographic regions or districts, one for each board seat. Candidates for 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 October 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 substantial shift in population growth. Our new Census population is 24,665, an increase of 2,549 from the 2010 Census population.
The proposed new director district boundaries would balance these populations so that all five districts would have approximately 4,930 residents.
A presentation, public hearing and first reading on this proposal will be held at the September 14, 2022 school board meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. The second reading of the proposal and potential adoption of the proposal is scheduled for the October 12, 2022 board meeting. The board must adopt new director districts by November 15, 2022.