Boundaries for the eight districts that determine seats on the Bulloch County Board of Education will change based on population data from the 2020 Census. At its December 9, 2021 regular session, the Board of Education voted to unanimously (8 to 0) approve a resolution and maps which begin a multiple-step process with the state to make the changes.
The new draft maps, prepared with assistance from Georgia’s Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Office, and resolution are posted on the school district’s website for review, along with maps of the current districts. The Board will remain at eight seats with one person elected from each district. The population data does not show the need to add or remove seats.
The adjustments are necessary to keep the Board of Education and school district in compliance with the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Georgia, and to ensure Board districts are legitimate prior to the 2022 elections.
If the resolution is passed by a majority vote of the Board, the next step will be for Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson to work with Bulloch County’s legislative delegation (Senator Billy R. Hickman and Representatives Jan Tankersley, Butch Parrish and Jon Burns), on the Board’s behalf, to have the Office of Legislative Council draft legislation that sets the new board districts to be approved and to script a notice to be distributed to the public prior to January 10.
The final step will be for the state legislature to take action to approve the legislation to be put forth by Bulloch County’s legislative delegation during the first week of the legislative session pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 28-1-14.