What we know about the changing of OKC school board boundaries | #Education

A 12-year wait is over for redrawn school board boundaries in Oklahoma City Public Schools.

The district Board of Education unanimously approved a new map on Monday that designates which neighborhoods, schools and parts of town that seven of its board members represent.

The changes align with results of the 2020 U.S. Census. They will not affect where any children attend school. It simply adjusts the boundaries of each school board member’s represented area, called a “board district” in Oklahoma City, to account for shifts in the local population.

For example, the state Capitol building at 2300 N Lincoln belonged to District 4 in the old map, but the new boundaries move it into District 5. Families living near the Capitol will not have to send their children to a different school, but their school board representative might change.

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New boundaries approved by the Oklahoma City Board of Education for seven board seats align with population shifts found in the 2020 U.S. Census.

Why did the OKC school board seat boundaries have to change?

Redistricting typically occurs on a 10-year cycle with the release of each U.S. Census. That cycle stretched to 12 years this time because the COVID-19 pandemic delayed completion of the census.

State law allows no more than a 10% difference in the population of the most populous board district and the least populous. That means if any OKC school board member’s represented area has over 10% more residents than another’s, the board seat boundaries have to be redrawn.

The previous Oklahoma City Public Schools board seat boundaries, depicted here, were drawn from the 2010 U.S. Census. These boundaries were changed in light of the 2020 U.S. Census to a new map following a board vote Nov. 14, 2022.

Oklahoma City’s most populous school board district, District 4, had 6,221 or 21.47% more residents than the least populous, District 5, census data found. District 4 covers the central core of Oklahoma City while District 5 reaches across the northeast side and Spencer.

The new boundaries establish an 8% difference, or 2,500 people, between the most populous and least populous areas.

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