Belton ISD approves redistribution plan due to population growth

The changes will balance out the population changes seen in the 2020 U.S. Census.

BELTON, Texas – Belton ISD administrators approved a new redistribution plan on Monday, district officials said.

The changes will balance out the population changes seen in the 2020 U.S. Census.

According to officials, the plan was presented by Mark Morrison, professor emeritus at Baylor Law School and expert on redistribution, in a public hearing at a special board meeting.

According to Morrison, Belton ISD Districts 2, 3, 4 and 5 had become imbalanced due to significant growth over the past decade. But under the new plan, District 3 will be balanced by adding the population of District 2. And District 2 is replenished by expanding to Districts 4 and 5, both of which were to be reduced.

Redistribution is the process of redrawing the boundaries of the districts from which officials are elected based on population changes over the past decade. It aims to ensure that district boundaries accurately reflect changes in population and racial diversity.

In the 10 years since the last census, the population of Belton ISD has increased by over 18,000 people, or 40.2%.

“Former school board and district administrators have braced themselves for rapid growth. The past five years, however, show an acceleration in growth, ”said Dr. Matt Smith, Superintendent. “Such an acceleration obviously impacts our union constituencies, which is why an adjustment was necessary.”

Based on the number of students added over the past five years, Belton ISD is the fastest growing region 12 school district and the 28th fastest growing district in Texas.

For comparison, the total population of Bell County increased by 19.5%, from 310,235 to 370,647.

“Belton ISD is growing at double the rate for the county as a whole,” Smith said. “It’s a good problem, but we need to make decisions in the near future to ensure that we are able to continue to provide exceptional learning experiences for every student we serve in the greater Red community. “

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