School Board Redistricting

Every 10 years, following the U.S. Census, Arlington Public Schools is required to redraw its Board of Directors’ districts to ensure equitable geographic representation.

Redistricting of school board director areas does NOT affect student attendance boundaries.



Why Redistrict?
Redistricting is the process of changing the areas of voting districts so that all districts have the same approximate number of people. There are five Board of Directors’ districts in Arlington Public Schools, one for each board seat. Candidates for the Arlington School Board must run for the seat of the director district in which they live. Having five director districts ensures there is geographic diversity represented on the Board, even though each Board seat is elected by all district voters. This means that although candidates are limited to running only for the seat of the director district in which they live, each of the five directors represents the entire district.

As the population in Arlington Public Schools has changed over the past 10 years, the process of redistricting our school board director districts ensures the Board’s geographic representation is balanced.

District Area Criteria

State law (RCW 29A.76.010) requires that the plan for redrawn school board director areas be consistent with the following criteria:

- Each internal director, council, or commissioner district shall be as nearly equal in population
- Each district shall be as compact as possible
- Each district shall consist of geographically contiguous area
- Population data may not be used for purposes of favoring or disfavoring any racial group or political party
- To the extent feasible, the district areas shall coincide with existing recognized natural perimeters
- To the extent possible, the district areas shall preserve existing communities of related and mutual interest

Timeline

Board Workshop Presentation (April 20, 2022)

Map Package (April 20, 2022)

Public Notice (May 10, 2022)