Community input helps guide redrawing of the single-member district boundaries
The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education has adopted a resolution modifying the voting maps for its nine single-member districts. The map approved by a 5-3 vote at the Jan. 18 special meeting, is the first change to the single-member boundaries in a decade.
The District plans to use the newly-adopted map at the upcoming May 7, 2022, special election to fill the District 4 seat, which has been vacant following the Nov. 5 passing of District 4 trustee Daphne Brookins.
Every decade, the Fort Worth ISD participates in a redistricting process to guarantee equal voter representation through equal population counts based on the most recent U.S. Census data. During this time, the Fort Worth ISD Board of Trustees’ single-member district boundaries are redrawn to reflect population growth or decline and other demographic changes.
A Board-appointed Redistricting Committee comprised of community members hosted six virtual and in-person public town hall meetings in 2021. The town hall meetings offered detailed presentations on the importance of redistricting and allowed residents to ask questions and comments on the redistricting process. The input provided by the community helped guide the redrawing of the single-member district boundaries. The committee also collected the public’s feedback via email and Let’s Talk, a community feedback application.
Members of the Redistricting Committee were praised for their efforts at Tuesday’s special meeting. Those members include Aracely Chavez, Sergio De Leon, Carlos Flores, Stacy Marshall, Alice Miller, Judy Needham, Frank Moss, Sr., and Sara Pereda.