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Polk school board member accidentally drawn out of own district

Jan 23, 2013 -- 10:51am

By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)

Polk County School Board members are scrambling to fix a mistake made by state officials that inadvertently drew one board member out of her own district.

State law requires any change in district lines or wards be passed by the legislature and approved by the Justice Department for compliance with Civil Rights laws. Following a reduction of school board members in Polk County from nine to seven last year, an error by officials tasked with redrawing the district based on census numbers and demographic factors resulted in board chairwoman Jane Holbrooks being excluded from her district.

“We had to move the districts so they would be somewhat equal in demographics and we had asked the legislative office representative if everybody was in their respective district. He thought it was so it was inadvertent,” said school board attorney Mike York.

A public hearing on the matter will be held on February 12. Following the hearing, State Representative Trey Kelley will take the issue to the Legislature to begin the process of moving the census block containing Holbrook’s residence into her district. Holbrooks seat will be up for election in 2014.

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