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Director Redistricting Proposal Information

Port Townsend Schools Director Redistricting Proposal

On November 6, 2018, voters approved Proposition 1, allowing the Port Townsend School District (PTSD) Directors to redistrict. The new plan will have three geographic director districts, and two at-large director districts. Only citizens residing in a geographic district are eligible to serve as the director of that district. Any citizen from the school district would be eligible to serve in an at-large position.

Upcoming Steps in the Process:
February 13, 2019 Director Districts Redistricting Proposed Plan published to the website and available for review in the Superintendent's Office at 1610 Blaine Street, Room S-14. View plan.

February 21, 2019 Board of Directors Public Hearing to present the proposed plan and accept public comment.  Hearing will take place at 1610 Blaine Street, Room S-11, at 5:00 p.m.

Proposition One: Dissolve and reapportion director districts

Director Districts Five elected directors, one from each of three districts and two “at-large.” About 4,150 resident citizens will be eligible to run for election to each director district seat. Four-year staggered terms.
About 12,450 voters in the school district will be eligible to run for election to either “at-large” seat. Four-year staggered terms.

What happens now that Proposition 1 passed?

The current map of the five director districts will be replaced with a new map that has three director districts. (On the ballot this is called “dissolution” and “reapportionment.”) After approval of the maps through a public process, school board candidates will file for the new positions as they come open.

How will the new district map be created?

The public process for drawing director districts and setting election cycles is established in state law. The district has experience redrawing director district maps, as they are redrawn every ten years following the census. The district will work with the Olympic Educational Service District, the Jefferson County Auditor, and an experienced consultant to draw districts that are compact, nearly equal in size, and consistent with community boundaries. The new maps will be approved through public processes with ample notification and opportunity to participate.

board at workWhere can I go for more information?

Your school board members are listed here, and they are prepared to handle your questions. John Polm, the Superintendent of Port Townsend School District, is also available at jpolm@ptschools.org

To learn more about what school board members do, go to this page.

More information can also be found on the FAQs posted 5/2/18 and the Ballot Measure Information Page.