The Monroe County Community School Corporation board will soon vote on whether to further study the board district boundaries after hearing public comment Thursday night.
In the third board meeting on the topic, community members expressed support for the idea of forming a redistricting committee.
Jennifer Crossley has three children in the MCCSC system. She says the conversation went better than at previous work sessions, but says it’s time to make a decision.
“This has been something that has been talked about since September and so because it’s been so long I think the committee and the community now are growing restless,” she says. “And I just believe that a committee will help this and again the board has the ultimate say-so on whether something that will happen or no.”
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.
Some parents pointed out the need for diversity on the school board. Dr. Lois Sabo-Skelton is a member of the board – she says she’s in favor of adding new voices to the board.
“We do need to have equity and we should have representation of all of the different folks that come into our school system because our kids need to see that too,” Sabo-Skelton says.
The board plans to vote on whether to form a redistricting committee at their next meeting on Nov. 14.