Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, we review the boundaries of our board of director districts to ensure equitable geographic representation. Highline is divided into five geographic districts, each with one board seat.
As part of the process to update boundaries, we are seeking feedback from the Highline community.
Candidates for the school board must run for the seat of the director district they live in. Each position is elected by all voters in the district. All directors represent the entire school district in their board actions.
Director district boundaries are not related to school attendance boundaries. This process will not change any neighborhood school boundaries.
The redistricting process is guided by state law. When drawing districts we are required to review a number of factors, including finding compact and contiguous geography, taking into account things like major roads, as well as city and local boundaries.
To the extent possible, redistricting plans should preserve existing communities of related and mutual interest. A community of interest is a population that shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single board director district for purposes of its effective and fair representation. Examples might include:
- school attendance areas
- communities with a shared cultural identity who live within a defined geographic area
Feedback was collected from the Highline community about communities of interest through May 6.