Public hearing to be held on redistricting state school board lines

By KATIE HURST/ Lifestyles Editor

The Permanent Legislative Committee on Reapportionment will conduct a public hearing in Birmingham May 10 at 6:30 p.m. concerning redistricting at the congressional and state school board levels.

Hearings are being held throughout the state in order to receive input from interested citizens and citizens groups on issues related to redrawing the congressional and state school board district lines, according to a press release.

As a result of the 2010 U.S. census, the Legislature is required to redraw congressional and state school board lines to comply with the one person, one vote requirement of the federal constitution and the representation requirement of the state constitution, the press release said.

Shelby County Schools school board secretary Sharon Lee said the redistricting likely would not affect Shelby County Schools. The majority of the school district is currently in district 3  of the state school board districts with portions in district 6, including Oak Mountain High School and Chelsea High School attendance zones.

The public hearing in Birmingham will be held at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex located at 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North.

Although written statements are not required, the Committee encourages the submission of written statements and a brief and a brief oral summary of these statements at the hearings. Any interested party unable to attend a hearing may submit written statements directly to the Committee by mailing them to 11 South Union Street, Room 811, Montgomery, Ala. 36130.

For more information, call the reapportionment office at 334-242-7941.