Reapportionment is the constitutionally-mandated redrawing of district boundaries every ten years following the federal Census to account for changes in population during the previous decade. Section 1001.36, Florida Statutes, requires the School Board to reconsider and reconfigure the boundaries for its seven districts at least once every 10 years to comport with the latest Census figures. It is required that each district be as nearly equal in population as practicable.
What is the School Board's role in reapportionment?
OCPS has seven districts of contiguous territory, each as nearly equal in population as practicable. Pursuant to the Florida Constitution, those districts shall be reconsidered after each decennial census and adjusted by the School Board after one or more public hearings. In order to facilitate the redistricting process, the School Board has appointed a seventeen-member Reapportionment Advisory Committee to review the census data and recommend proposed changes to district boundaries for adoption. The reapportionment process will include broad opportunity for public review and participation.
Why is reapportionment important to County residents?
Reapportionment will determine the boundaries of Orange County Public Schools' seven districts, so everyone living in the County has a stake. Any adjustments will determine the school district within which a resident lives. The reapportionment task relates only to redrawing school districts; OCPS does not reapportion congressional seats, adjust other electoral district boundaries or allocate federal funding for local programs through this process.
What is the Reapportionment Advisory Committee?
The Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) Reapportionment Advisory Committee (RAC) is a seventeen member committee of Orange County residents. A Resolution adopted by the School Board on May 10, 2011, created the 2011 RAC to make recommendations as to the configuration of those districts. Each Board Member nominated two members to the RAC. The Board Chairman nominated three additional members, for a total number of 17 members on the Committee.The RAC is advisory in nature. Ultimately, any changes to the boundaries of the seven districts must be approved by a vote of School Board.
The RAC will hold regular public meetings, as well as meetings in each of the seven districts to receive input from County residents. OCPS has set up this website to offer residents a convenient way to review all aspects of the reapportionment effort. On the website, residents will find the RAC’s agendas and minutes, maps, census data and other useful reapportionment information.
Who are the Reapportionment Advisory Committee members?
A Resolution adopted by the School Board on May 10, 2011, created the 2011 RAC to make recommendations as to the configuration of those districts. Each Board Member nominated two members to the RAC. The Board Chairman nominated three additional members for a total number of 17 members on the Committee. RAC members are Orange County residents who reside in their respective districts.
What are the duties of the Reapportionment Advisory Committee?
The seventeen member committee of Orange County residents will review census data to recommend new boundaries for the seven representative districts to the Orange County School Board (OCSB). A Resolution adopted by the School Board on May 10, 2011, created the 2011 RAC to make recommendations as to the configuration of those districts.
THe RAC has the following duties and responsibilities:
On or before November 1, 2011, the RAC endeavors to submit to the School Board its proposal(s) for reapportioning Orange County into seven districts of contiguous and compact territory as nearly equal in population as practicable. The School Board intends to adopt the reapportionment plan prior to January 1, 2012. The Committee will rely on a number of factors to create the new districts. In developing its recommendations, the Committee shall take into consideration the geography of the neighborhoods and current school attendance zones and the demographics of the county, while preserving communities of interests and avoiding the disqualification of any incumbent school board member for the duration of his or her term.
General media coverage is intended to increase awareness and participation in the process. Finally, through the use of this website, members will be able to obtain additional input from the public as to the configuration of the districts. General media coverage is intended to increase awareness and participation in the process. Finally, through the use of this website, members will be able to obtain additional input from the public as to the configuration of the districts. The resulting Committee recommendation will then be considered by the School Board.
Do County residents have a voice in reapportionment?
Absolutely! All members of the public are encouraged to share their views about reapportionment at any of the meetings of the Reapportionment Advisory Committee (RAC). These meetings will take place at either the Educational Leadership Center (ELC) building or at one of the RAC meetings to be held in each of the seven districts. The purpose of the meetings is for the RAC to encourage public participation and receive public input on the reapportionment process. Ultimately, the input from the meetings will help the RAC develop its reapportionment plans to be submitted to and considered by the School Board.
Can members of the public submit maps or plans for consideration?
Yes, members of the public may submit proposed reapportionment maps or plans to RAC for consideration. The public is encouraged to keep in mind that the reapportionment process is somewhat fluid and often, when one district is modified, that change necessitates a change to one or more other districts in order to keep population totals as equal as possible. Therefore, the public is encouraged to submit maps that include a plan for all seven districts rather than just one district or a portion of one district.
When were the census figures released?
Results of the 2010 federal Census were required by law to be delivered on or before April 1, 2011.
Which districts will be most affected?
The 2010 Census results will likely show population changes in every district. It is possible that all seven districts will be affected. If boundary adjustments are made to any one district, it is likely that changes will occur in adjacent districts in order to keep population totals as equal as possible.
When does the School Board intend to adopt a final reapportionment plan?
On or before November 1, 2011, the RAC endeavors to submit to the School Board its proposal(s) for reapportioning Orange County into seven districts of contiguous and compact territory as nearly equal in population as practicable.
The Board intends to adopt its reapportionment plan prior to January 2012.
Will the Reapportionment Advisory Committee consider whether to change the number of districts?
No. The number of districts is set by the School Board. As such, the Reapportionment Advisory Committee must maintain the number of commission districts at seven (7).
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