There were minimal changes in the redistricting map approved by the Belen School Board at its Tuesday meeting.
“We tried to have as few changes a possible, while balancing the school board districts,” said Francisco Apodaca, senior consultant with Information Strategies, which redesigned the districts for the school board.
The population division, according to the 2000 Census figures is: District 1 — 5,073; District 2 — 5,185; District 3 –5,218; District 4 — 4,976; and District 5 — 4,836.
“We also tried not to divide voting precincts into two different districts, to make the voting process less confusing,” Apodaca said.
The board approved option one of the three options presented to them. It entailed Precinct 33 moving from District 3 to District 2.
That area includes Casa Colorada, with the boundaries of the Rio Grande on the west, railroad tracks to the north and Socorro County line to the south.
Currently, Al Wisneski represents District 3 and Paul Trujillo represents District 2.
Another change is in Precinct 23. The area between the railroad tracks and Interstate 25 Bypass will not be in District 4.
The final change is in Precinct 27. The area between Interstate 25 and Mesa Road and north of Camino del Llano will now be in District 4. Currently, Lola Quintana represents District 4.
The following are the precincts that will be in each district:
- District 1: Precincts 21, 22, 35 and 38.
- District 2: Precincts 27, 29, 31, 33.
- District 3: Precincts 8, 29, 30, 32, 34 and the northern portion of Socorro County, which is in the Belen School District.
- District 4: Precincts 23, 24, 25, 26 and a portion of 27 that is east of I-25 and north of Camino del Llano.
- District 5: Precincts 7, 17, 19 and the part of 37 that is within the Belen School District.