BREAKING NEWS: Richardson ISD releases proposed map with single-member districts for school board elections

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RISD single member district mapRichardson ISD has released a draft map showing proposed voting districts for school board trustees following the settlement of a lawsuit that accused the district of discriminatory election practices.

Trustees will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed map at a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 29. The school board is scheduled to vote on the boundaries at its Feb. 4 meeting.

If the new map is approved, the district will need to seek approval from a federal court judge to move its school board election from May to November.

Trustees currently reside in three of the five proposed districts, according to court documents.

The seats for trustees Eron Linn, Karen Clardy and Katie Patterson are up for election this year. It’s unclear which board seats will be assigned to which voting districts.

The lawsuit filed last year by a former school board member claimed that the current process of having all school board members represent the district as a whole was unfair and created obstacles for minority candidates seeking those elected positions.

As part of the settlement, the district has agreed that five board members will represent certain geographic areas within RISD while two board members will represent the district as a whole.

The school board’s public hearing on the proposed majority single-member district plan starts at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the RISD Administration Building Auditorium.

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Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.
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