Before Elections, DeKalb Needs Defined Districts | WABE 90.1 FM

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Before Elections, DeKalb Needs Defined Districts | WABE 90.1 FM

The DeKalb County school district’s accrediting agency took the school system off of probation this week. The district’s accreditors said whether DeKalb sustains its progress could depend on the results of the November school board elections. But before then, the county needs to establish new district lines.

A law that goes into effect his year reduces the number of DeKalb school board members from nine to seven. State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) sponsored the legislation. Oliver is now working on a bill that will shift school district lines.

“[I'm] not sure we’ll have to make major changes to them,” Oliver says. “But we are working on that right now, new maps.”

Oliver says the district’s two at-large seats will be eliminated. She says there will be some other minor changes.

“We have to make sure that our seven single-member districts have [an] approximately equal number of voters, residents,” she says. “So, those will require some changes.”

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