DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ISSUES LETTER OF NO OBJECTION
On December 21, 2011, the United States Department of Justice issued a letter stating "The Attorney General does not interpose any objection to the specified change." This is the standard letter issued by the Justice Deptarment for this process. Pursuant to the resolution adopted by the School Board on October 4, 2011, the new boundaries become effective when the letter of no objection is issued by the Department of Justice. Click here to read the letter: Letter from Department of Justice
Click here to see the adopted School Board Member Districts Map. Adopted Map
REDISTRICTING OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER VOTING DISTRICTS
Welcome to the Hillsborough County Public Schools web page devoted to the 2011 redistricting of School Board member voting districts. The adopted changes to the Board member districts will modify the geographic areas from which School Board members are elected. Florida law requires that the School Board member voting districts be reapportioned in the year after the U.S. Census is taken, which was 2010. The redistricting will affect School Board member districts 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5. Districts 6 and 7 are county-wide and will not be impacted by this effort. Ten public meetings were held throughout the community to provide information and receive public comments related to the modification of the School Board member voting districts.
On November 3, 2011, the School Board submitted the necessary documents to the United States Department of Justice seeking preclearance of the new Single Member Voting Districts as required under the provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The material submitted is available for review through this web site and by visiting the School District Office of Communications, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd. There are two links availabe, one for the Submission itself, the other for the Background documents supporting the Submission. The background report is extremely large and may take a while to load in your computer. Additionally, electronic files were sent with the Submission that included Voter Registration and Election Results from 2003-2011 and GIS .shp files. Those files are availabe through the Office of Communiciations.
On October 4, 2011, the School Board voted unanimously to adopt Alternative D as the new single member voting districts. The new voting districts will not become effective until the United States Department of Justice issues a notice of non-objection to the changes in voting districts, expected to occur in early 2012. Click here to see the Map with the new districts. New School Board Single Member Voting District Map The new voting districts are comprised of U.S. Census Voting Tabulation Districts (VTD). Click here to see a map with the Voting Tabulation Districts shown. To see a listing of each new voting district and the VTDs click here to see that listing.
THE REVISIONS WILL NOT CHANGE WHICH SCHOOLS STUDENTS ATTEND, NOR WILL IT CHANGE BUS STOPS OR THE AVAILABILITY OF TRANSPORTATION TO PARTICULAR SCHOOLS.
Through this website you will be able to find information related to:
The redistricting process
The alternatives for new member districts
The calendar of scheduled public meetings
How to comment about the alternatives
Requesting a speaker to come to your event
The U.S. Census data that is the basis for the changes in districts