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Coupeville schools eye redistricting

As the census year approaches, Coupeville school officials are looking at changing the way its director districts are structured.

They’re talking about changing the districts school board members represent in hopes of encouraging more people to participate.

Rather than having each of the five board members represent a specific part of the school district, officials are looking at allowing two at-large positions. That change would allow more people interested in serving on the school board to run for office.

Superintendent Patty Page said no decision has been made on whether to change the districts but the topic has been talked about for years. She said the at-large positions would allow more than one person from the same district to serve on the board.

For that to happen, the voters would have to sign off on the change.

Coupeville School Board members met with the public during a “community cafe” Monday evening. Gauging public interest about at-large members was one of the topics discussed at the informal gathering.

The discussion comes after the school board appointed Chris Chan as its newest member. He replaced Deborah Turner who resigned from the board earlier in the year.

Page said Chan was the only person to apply for the open seat, which represents the Greenbank area. However, having one applicant wasn’t the impetus for the discussion.

She said it’s a good time to talk about such a topic because the district looks at director boundaries every census year, which comes up again in 2010.

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