Pittsburgh School Reapportionment Commission approves final district plan

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The Pittsburgh School Reapportionment Commission voted Wednesday on a final plan for the nine election districts for the city school board.

The plan maintains three districts in which most of the residents are black: Districts 1, 3 and 8 which are currently represented by Sharene Shealey of North Point Breeze, Thomas Sumpter of Schenley Heights and Mark Brentley Sr. of the North Side, respectively.

The final plan keeps the Highland Park neighborhood -- now represented by Regina Holley of Highland Park in District 2 -- basically intact. It also puts more of Point Breeze together than a previous plan did.

The result is the variance between the difference in population between the largest and smallest districts is 13.2 percent.

The new boundaries will be used in next year's election for the odd-numbered seats. Pittsburgh Public Schools encompasses both the city and Mount Oliver.

The commission worked to keep the new districts compact and contiguous as well as relatively balanced in population. It also set a goal of having three district which have a majority of black residents and to set boundaries so that no two incumbents are in the same district.

There is no other agency which must sign off on the plan.

The reapportionment is the result of the 2010 Census in which the total population of the city dropped to 309,107 from 337,380 in 2000, a decline of 28,273 residents.

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Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.


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