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Beaumont school trustees discuss alternate district maps

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Starting Friday, the Beaumont Independent School District has 28 days to decide on a seven single member district map to be used in the May elections.

School board members reviewed two alternate maps during a public hearing Thursday. Both reflect seven, single-member districts instead of the plan with two at-large trustees that was rejected by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The first map is called 7-A. It is an updated version of the current district map according to the most recent census.

The second is called 7-B. 12news was told it was made in an effort to give the Hispanic community its own district.

However, a district spokesperson said that effort was unsuccessful and the district can not create a minority language group in B.I.S.D.

During public discussion only three people signed up to talk. It was short so the board allowed questions from everyone in the audience. 

That's when some people left the focus of the maps and started asking about the 5-2 scheme that has already been rejected by the D.O.J.

Attorney Melody Chappell is going to Washington next week to consult with the D.O.J. about the rejected 5-2 scheme. 

If approved by the D.O.J. before March 1, the scheme can be used in the May elections. 

There will be another public hearing on this topic next Thursday at Central Medical Magnet High School.


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