Scott County's school board has 30 days to redraw its districts

jwarren@herald-leader.comJune 26, 2014 

The Scott County Board of Education has 30 days to equalize its members' districts under action Thursday by the Kentucky Board of Education.

Members of the state board unanimously approved Education Commission Terry Holliday's recommendation directing the Scott County board to remedy wide population imbalances in the five districts that its members represent.

The state board held a special meeting Thursday to act on the matter after Scott County residents filed a petition arguing that the county districts are out of balance.

State law requires school board member districts to be as equal in population as is practical.

Currently, however, populations in Scott County board districts range from less than 5,000 people in District 5 to more than 12,000 in District 1.

Holliday's directive would require the Scott board to "make changes in school district divisions as are necessary to equalize population within the five school divisions."

According to education officials, the Scott County School Board will have until Aug. 1 to make the changes.

If it doesn't act within that time, candidates in the two board districts that will be up for election in November would have to run at-large, officials said.

District 5, represented by board chairman Roger Ward, and District 4, represented by Rebecca Sams, will be up for election in November.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @heraldleader

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