Map filed for new school voting districts in Pittsburgh

Some voters in city will find precinct switched as a result of 2010 census

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Last week's election didn't include any school board races, but next spring's primary will.

Some voters in the Pittsburgh Public Schools district will find their precinct has been switched as a result of district lines being adjusted based on the 2010 census.

The total population of the city dropped from 337,380 in 2000 to 309,107, a decline of 28,273.

The Pittsburgh School Reapportionment Commission approved the map Nov. 1. It was filed last week with the Allegheny County Division of Elections. It is final unless there is a successful legal challenge. The boundaries will be used in the primary election for odd-numbered districts next year.

The school district includes the city and Mount Oliver. There are no changes in the Mount Oliver voting precincts, which are in District 7, but the changes do affect more than 60 of the more than 400 precincts in the school district.

The commission worked to maintain three districts in which most of the residents are African-American -- Districts 1, 3 and 8 -- as well to try to make the districts compact, contiguous and close in population -- the difference in population between the largest district and the smallest is 13.2 percent. The commission also drew the lines so no two incumbents are in the same district.

PG graphic: School boundaries
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The commission also tried to keep neighborhoods together. However, the group had to work along voting precinct lines, which in some cases cross over neighborhood lines. In addition, some neighborhoods already were split under the old arrangement.

Here's an overview:

Precincts also could be referred to as voting districts and can be expressed as a number along with the ward number, such as Ward 07-14 for Ward 7, Precinct 14. See the map at www.post-gazette.com.

District 1, incumbent Sharene Shealey, includes Larimer, Homewood West, Homewood North, Homewood South, East Hills, Point Breeze North and Point Breeze.

• From District 1, moved to District 3: portion of Shadyside, including Ward 7, Precinct 14

• From District 1, moved to District 4: portion of Shadyside, Point Breeze and North Squirrel Hill, including Ward 7, Precinct 13; and Ward 14, Precincts 6, 9, 10, 11 and 17

District 2, incumbent Regina Holley, includes Spring Garden, Spring Hill-City View, Troy Hill, Fineview, Strip District, Polish Hill, Lower Lawrenceville, Central Lawrenceville, Upper Lawrenceville, Stanton Heights, Morningside and Highland Park.

• From District 2, moved to District 3: portion of Morningside and Stanton Heights, including Ward 10, Precinct 13, and Ward 11, Precinct 6.

District 3, incumbent Thomas Sumpter, includes Crawford-Roberts, Middle Hill, Terrace Village, West Oakland, North Oakland, Bloomfield, Garfield, Friendship and East Liberty.

• From District 3, moved to District 1: portion of Friendship, East Liberty and Larimer, including Ward 8, Precincts 9, 11 and 12; Ward 11, Precinct 14; and Ward 12, Precincts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

• From District 3, moved to District 2: Portion of Bloomfield, Friendship, Lawrenceville and Central Lawrenceville, including Ward 8, Precincts 1, 2, 6 and 10 and Ward 9, Precinct 9.

District 4, incumbent Bill Isler, includes Shadyside, Squirrel Hill North, Squirrel Hill South and Regent Square.

• From District 4, moved to District 1: portion of Shadyside, including Ward 7, Precinct 4

• From District 4, moved to District 3: portion of North Oakland, including Ward 4, Precincts 9 and 10

• From District 4, moved to District 5: portion of Squirrel Hill South, including Ward 14, Precincts 29, 32, 37 and 40

District 5, incumbent Theresa Colaizzi, includes Greenfield, Hazelwood, Swisshelm Park, Glen Hazel, South Oakland and Central Oakland.

• From District 5, moved to District 7: portion of South Side Flats and Arlington Heights, including Ward 16, Precincts 1, 2, 3 and 8; and Ward 17, Precincts 2, 3, 4 and 5

District 6, incumbent Sherry Hazuda, includes Banksville, Beechview, Brookline, Mount Washington and Duquesne Heights.

• From District 6, moved to District 9: portion of Ridgemont, Oakwood/East Carnegie and Westwood, including Ward 20, Precinct 3, and Ward 28, Precincts 1, 2, 3 and 4

District 7, incumbent Jean Fink, includes Overbrook, Carrick, Bon Air, Knoxville, Mount Oliver, St. Clair, South Side Slopes, South Side Flats, Arlington Heights and Arlington.

• From District 7, moved to District 6: portion of Brookline and Overbrook, including Ward 32, Precincts 4, 5, 7 and 8

• From District 7, moved to District 8: portion of Allentown and Knoxville, including Ward 18, Precincts 8 and 9; and Ward 30, Precinct 3

District 8, incumbent Mark Brentley Sr., includes Northview Heights, Perry South, California-Kirkbride, Manchester, Central North Side, Allegheny Center, Allegheny West, Chateau, Marshall-Shadeland, North Shore, Downtown, Bluff, Crawford-Roberts, South Shore, Allentown and Beltzhoover.

• From District 8, moved to District 2: portion of Fineview, including Ward 25, Precinct 7

• From District 8, moved to District 3: portion of Crawford-Roberts, Bedford Dwellings and the Middle Hill, including Ward 3, Precincts 2 and 5; and Ward 5, Precincts 1, 2, 3, 6 and 14

• From District 8, moved to District 6: portion of Mount Washington, including Ward 18, Precinct 5

District 9, incumbent Floyd "Skip" McCrea, includes Fairywood, Windgap, Chartiers City, Esplen, Sheraden, Crafton Heights, Elliott, West End, Westwood, Oakwood, Ridgemont, Brighton Heights, Perry North and Summer Hill.

• From District 9, moved to District 6: portion of Duquesne Heights, including Ward 19, Precinct 1

• From District 9, moved to District 8: portion of Marshall-Shadeland, including Ward 27, Precincts 10, 11 and 13

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


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