Contact: Lisa G. Gredvig, Superintendent 509-654-7985
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director District Boundary Changes Proposed
Affects school board elections only, not school
Union Gap, Wash. – Every ten years, after each U.S. Census is completed, school districts must review the boundaries of their board of director districts to ensure equitable geographic representation. Due to size of the district, Union Gap School District is divided into three geographic regions or districts, one for each board seat with two seats at-large positions. Candidates for school board must run for the seat of the director district they live in other than the two at-large positions. By creating three equal director districts, geographic diversity is ensured on the school board. Each position is elected by all district voters, so each of the five directors represents the entire district in their board actions.
These boundaries are completely unrelated to school attendance boundaries: this process will not change any neighborhood school boundaries.
In November 2021, the district contracted with Sammamish Data Systems to develop a proposal for new director district boundaries based on the latest census data. Since the last realignment of director districts, there has been a slight shift in population growth of 460 or a gain of 153 persons per director district. This resulted in minor balancing of director districts.
A presentation and public hearing on this proposal and potential adoption will be held at the June 21, 2022, school board meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. Current and proposed maps are also available on the district website, www.uniongapschool.org. The board must adopt new director districts by November 15, 2022.
Kiel Martin, Chair
Dianna Grunlose, Vice-Chair
Nicole Rivera, Director
Lisa Gredvig, Superintendent/Board Secretary
Maria Rosas, Director
Jen Silver, Director