Archive for Wednesday, October 24, 1990

BOARD CONSIDERS CHANGING TO AT-LARGE REPRESENTATION

October 24, 1990

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— The Oskaloosa School Board held a special meeting Monday night to discuss the problem of unequal representation of board members in the district because of shifting distribution of voters.

Supt. James White said the board felt uneasy changing the district's boundary lines, so members discussed going to an at-large system, in which each board member would represent the entire district instead of representing designated portions of the district.

The board decided to put the question to a vote at the April election, White said.

Board members rejected the at-large idea at a meeting earlier this month, but reconsidered the move after further evaluating ramifications of shifting voter districts. White said the board still is split over the issue.

If voters approve the change to an at-large system of representation, the district wouldn't be affected for another two years. At that time, candidates for board positions would campaign districtwide and the top vote-getters would win the election, White said.

The board's next regularly scheduled meeting is Nov. 12.

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