How should the Provo City Council select a new map to update the Provo City School Board districts?
In November 2021, using data from the 2020 US Census, the Utah State Legislature completed its decennial redistricting of federal and state legislative areas. Because Provo City and Provo City School District share the same boundaries, Provo's legislative body is responsible, per Utah State Code, for setting both the Municipal Council and School Board districts. The School Board candidate filing period is quickly approaching and the new district maps need to be selected by the Council at their February 15 meeting.
Based on precinct data provided by Utah County, Provo City GIS staff updated the mapping web application (previously used in 2012) and launched it for public use January 10-31. The public was able to group the newly drawn precincts into districts. Any map that created contiguous districts and balanced the population across the seven districts could be submitted for consideration.
The public has now submitted 105 possible maps online. The top maps (based on evaluation criteria) were presented to the City Council at their February 1 work meeting and are being shared here on Open City Hall. The Provo City School Board provided input at their February 8 work meeting. The Council will make the final map selection at the Council meeting on February 15.
Please take the survey to let us know which map you'd pick and what criteria should be used for selecting a new School Board district map.
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