Redrawn school board district has minority majority, a first for Fayette

The Fayette County Board of Education on Jan. 9 unanimously approved a new map to be used for the coming school board voting districts, and it shows the county’s first-ever district where minorities outnumber white residents, comprising northern Fayette County and parts of Fayetteville and Tyrone. [Click on the file link beneath this story to see the redrawn map of school board voting districts.]

Based on the previous map that required re-drawing after the 2010 Census, the new map will also lay out the boundaries for the new district voting methodology that will be used as a result of the lawsuit settlement with the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP.

As for the map itself, it shows only a small change from the look of the five districts during the past 10 years. The change was in the shrinking of the District 3 area that encompasses much of Peachtree City and followed the increase in the area’s population.  

Fayette’s population in 2000 was 91,263. That number had increased by 16.8 percent in 2010 to 106,567.

The new map provided on the school system’s website was accompanied by a population summary report that accounted for a district-by-district population breakdown that tallied the population in terms of black, all or part black and Hispanic.

The District 1 area includes most of Tyrone, the northern portion of Peachtree City and a portion of unincorporated Fayette County east of Tyrone. A breakdown by district shows District 1 with a population of 20,530. That number includes black residents totaling 1,929 or 9.4 percent, with all or part black residents totaling 2,114 or 10.3 percent and Hispanic residents total 1,266, or 6.17 percent. The white population in District 1 totals 83.33 percent.

The District 2 area includes Brooks, Woolsey and the large unincorporated area east of Peachtree City and south of Fayetteville and has a population totaling 21,789 residents. A small portion of the extreme south side of Peachtree City and portion of unincorporated Fayette immediately to the east of Peachtree City and south of Ga. Highway 54 have both been added to District 2 as a result of the census.

The District 2 population count is 21,789. Of that the white population totals 87.84 percent of residents while blacks make up 7.92 or 1,726 persons and all or part black total 1,822 residents or 8.36 percent. Hispanic residents in District 2 total 829 or 3.8 percent.

District 3 includes the majority of Peachtree City excluding some of the northern portions of the city and is home to 21,745 residents. The population count in the district shows white residents at 83.1 percent of the population, the black population at 1,723 residents or 7.92 percent, the all or part black population at 1,946 or 8.95 percent and the Hispanic population at 1,728 or 7.95 percent.

District 4 includes Fayetteville and portions of the unincorporated areas to the northeast, east, south and west. The district’s population count shows white residents at 65.23 percent, the black population at 6,170 residents or 28.51 percent, the all or part black population at 6,458 residents or 29.85 percent and the Hispanic population at 1,064 residents or 4.92 percent.

District 5 includes the north portion of unincorporated Fayette County, a portion of the north side of Tyrone and a portion of the north side of Fayetteville. The population in District 5 totals 20,865 and includes white residents at 42.34 percent, the black population at 9,847 residents or 47.19 percent, the all or part black population at 10,158 residents or 48.68 percent and the Hispanic population at 1,873 residents or 8.98 percent.

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GET A CLUE PEOPLE!

Had the lawsuit gone to court, THE BOE WOULD HAVE LOST! If the county suit goes to court, the BOC IS GOING TO LOSE! It's a DONE DEAL! There is absolutely no way Fayette County is going to prevail in this! What would you want the BOE to do? Run up endless legal costs only to have the Justice Department come in and tell the county how the districts MUST be drawn?

Every county of any size in Georgia has been under the Justice Department's jurisdiction per the Voting Rights Act since the 1960s -- including Coweta County to our west and Spalding to our South! Fayette avoided it at the time because, until recently, the minority population was so miniscule.

The BOE is simply doing what should have been done a long time ago ... it's regrettable that the NAACP had to come in and turn it into a racial matter.

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One drop?

This is an interesting article regarding the All or Part stuff about being 'black'.

http://inamerica.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/15/don-lemon-it-only-takes-one-dr...

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A question

How does FC determine the percentage difference between 'all black ' and 'all or part black'?

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DM, I don't think FC did that...

"Based on the previous map that required re-drawing after the 2010 Census..."

Just a guess.

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District 5 includes the north portion of unincorporated Fayette County, a portion of the north side of Tyrone and a portion of the north side of Fayetteville. The population in District 5 totals 20,865 and includes white residents at 42.34 percent, the black population at 9,847 residents or 47.19 percent, the all or part black population at 10,158 residents or 48.68 percent and the Hispanic population at 1,873 residents or 8.98 percent

This is from the article..

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3 people took away your right to a county wide vote

"If Fayette County citizens voted in the 70's to switch from district voting to our current at large system, how can three people overturn a county wide vote? Can a new board switch to any system without consent from the people? Is voting just a joke?"

When Smith and Smola come up for re election...please don't forget this!

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several questions

If race is the large issue that the BOE wanted to resolve without going to Court,I have a question. Why did they not select Bonnie Willis to fill that seat? Beyond the fact that she is a black woman, she is more qualified to hold that seat then several of the current board members?

If Fayette County citizens voted in the 70's to switch from district voting to our current at large system, how can three people overturn a county wide vote? Can a new board switch to any system without consent from the people? Is voting just a joke?

The BOE has no money. That problem was caused by Smith and Smola leadership. Getting back in control of the Board and re-election looks to be the driving force in this matter. It has nothing to do with race. The fix was in when the post was filled and we now see the result. I do think that power corrupts.

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Well district 5 is fine..I'm assuming

all is well now. Test scores will soar with students from this area. Attendance will be up, disciplinary problems with will be unheard of. Thanks Naacp, you saved us from ourselves.

On a side note, it's really not that big of a deal either way, but I still wonder why the Naacp chose one of the best Public School Systems in the State to pick a fight with. Makes me question their intentions.

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More Bad Decisions From The Bored Housewives

Fayette county is lost. It's following the direction of bad examples such as Clayton, Fulton, DeKalb, etc.
Can't these bored housewives on the BoE understand what happens when dumb decisions like this are made?
Who's running that board anyway, NAACP or the bored housewives?

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Who's running that board anyway, NAACP or the bored housewives?

both!

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You know

You should know by now the NAACP and all the followers(ie. Jesse Jackson) run this whole country. They're always trying to stir something up. Monica Pierson is the most prejudice person I've ever seen and shouldn't even be allowed to talk about certain issues, the way she acts. Yea, the country did the what was right regarding equal rights, but that wasn't enough. Too bad they don't do the same for the original Americans, the American Indian. That's who this country owes.

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Jessi and the NAACP

no believe it or not, there are other areas that don't refight the civil war on a daily basis.

They are white and normal...if this market turns ...I'm going to one of them.

Atlanta is the only area I've ever lived in that ever 5 years you have to move further out and loose home value because of the 'we will overcome' BS.

Atlanta is looking more like a crater with a burned out middle. Companies don't move here or start up here because of all the hiring laws that have become a liability. NC is growing and numerous other places... they have a different work pool to choose from.

One more nail in the coffin. Thank you Smith n Smola. Please don't lump all stay at home moms in with these two. There are intelligent Moms in the county and don't plot and scheme. (If these two only had a brain between them)

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So what? Who on the school board lives in District 5?

No one? Ok, who will be elected from District 5 next time? Someone who ran last time? Ok, who? And what difference does it make?

My goodness. Much ado about nothing.

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no doubt the 3 amigos are now restored

Snolla has had her nose up the NAACCCPPPP's butt forever. The complection change is something she has wanted for years. She should have moved to clayton years ago when she complained Fayette was too white and she had second thoughts about putting her kids in school here. No doubt she will see to it that the new person is her flunky and the 3/2 amigo vote will be restored.

Business will now be back to 'the usual', onward and downward.

ps...you might want to look at who's hands are in the air voting for this in the picture...and who's looking at them. Snolla and Sniggers are back in power!