The new reapportionment map will be considered by the Court at 11 am on December 17 in the Chester County Courthouse.
Reapportionment Map as approved by Board - Click on this link to view.
Precincts with new representation:
East Caln 2
Upper Uwchlan 2
Upper Uwclan 3
School board directors in the Downingtown Area School District are elected through a nine region plan pursuant to section 303 of the School Code. Directors serve the residents of Downingtown Borough, East Brandywine, East Caln, Uwchlan, Upper Uwchlan, Wallace, West Bradford and and West Pikeland.
The School Code requires that each region be contiguous and as equal in population as possible. A look at the 2010 census revealed a significant imbalance between the populations served by each director. Board director Robert Yorczyk requested that one this year's Board goals be a reexamination of the DASD Board election patterns based on the most current 2010 census.
As part of the process, municipal and legislative leaders were surveyed and County GIS maps were requested. Six different maps were created using assistance from the County's GIS information system. Following a series of public discussions reviewing the proposed maps, the Board voted 6 - 1 on April 11, 2012 to approve reapportionment map 3.
Board president Jackie Fenn voted against the proposal because Upper Uwchlan, one of the most heavily populated regions, remains part of the Wallace and West Pikeland regions. but commended Mr. Yorczyk on his work in completing this Board goal. Mrs. Fenn's concerns for Map 3 centered on Upper Uwchlan, one of the district's most populated areas. Upper Uwchlan 1 and 3 are currently represented by West Pikeland resident Barbara Hurt Simmons with Wallace resident Mrs. Fenn representing Upper Uwchlan 3. "I was hoping that there might be a feasible plan that would give this large community its own representative," said Mrs. Fenn.
Map 3, if approved by the Court of Common Pleas, equalizes the population served by the nine directors. It also minimizes the disruption to the School District because it preserves the terms and rotation of the current directors.
Board Approved Reapportionment Population Figures
Region 1 - (Jackie Fenn) pop. 8,824
Region 2 - (Barbara Hurt-Simmons) pop. 9,985
Region 3 - (Carl Croft) pop. 6,742
Region 4 - (Robert Yorczyk) pop. 7,914
Region 5 - (Suzanne Simonelli) pop. 6,546
Region 6 - (Colleen Cranney) pop. 6,902
Region 7 - (Jane Bertone) pop. 7,891
Region 8 - (Thomas Ost-Prisco) pop. 7185
Region 9 - (Jaime Mehler) pop. 6602
Solicitor Guy Donitelli will petition the Court of Common Pleas to consider the Board's reapportionment map.