Anoka-Hennepin Schools completes election redistricting process
(4/28/22) The Anoka-Hennepin School Board approved a resolution redefining the district’s school board member election boundaries.
The process of redistricting must be done every ten years after the United States census is complete to ensure equal representation. Because the population in the Anoka-Hennepin Schools area has grown, the boundaries of voting districts, numbered one through six, needed to be redrawn as state law requires election districts be as equal in population as practicable, and be compact and contiguous.
School board members and administrators worked with the Anoka County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team to develop proposals. After reviewing the maps, the board landed on a final option which was shared at a public hearing on April 25, followed by a school board meeting, where the redistricting resolution was approved.
Changes were minimal in the agreed upon option with only four precincts changing. Three were traded to even out Districts 2 and 6, and one was adjusted between District 3 and 5.
In addition to meeting statutory requirements, the board felt strongly that the boundaries should remain as consistent as possible to minimize confusion by constituents.
“The final proposal allows school board members to continue to serve the communities that elected them and to maintain the relationships and support for the school that they have developed over time,” said Al Ickler, executive director of community and government relations.
Redistricting applies only to the election districts of Anoka-Hennepin School Board members and does not impact school attendance areas.