A special committee will look into whether the Monroe County Community School Corporation’s board districts should be redrawn. The board voted Tuesday night to create the committee after parents spoke out at previous meetings and urged them to do so.
Sue Wanzer is a school board member and proponent of redistricting. She says she’s not sure why it took so long to create the committee, but she’s pleased to see it happen.
“We talked about this four years ago. I proposed a resolution to redraw the districts. It was defeated 3-4,” Wanzer says. “But now the community came back to us and four years later saying that they thought we needed more equity in the populations of those districts, so it looks like we’re going to go ahead and do that.”
MCCSC hasn’t updated its board election districts in more than 20 years, despite the community’s growing population. Currently, everyone within the district can vote for any school board member, but each board member must reside in the district they represent.
Wanzer says one challenge the committee may face is how to consider the number of IU students when redrawing boundaries.
“One thing to take into consideration is how the areas that have a lot of IU student housing how that would affect the populations in the districts so if for some reason the board is uncomfortable with whatever this group has done the board will certainly be free to reject the proposal,” Wanzer says.
It’s unclear who will serve on the committee and how many people will be involved.
Superintendent Judy DeMuth will appoint the committee after a work session with a demographer on December 12th.