If you live in Linda Vista, Mission Hills or Rolando, redistricting might change who you ring up on the San Diego Unified school board.

The committee redrawing the lines for the school district’s five regions has released a draft map of its new dividing lines.

The San Diego Unified election system is a little different than the City Council: The school district is broken into five areas. School board members compete to represent each of those areas, first stumping in their area in the primary.

The top two vote-getters in each region then square off against each other across the whole school district in the general election. Parents and the public often turn to the school board member from their area when problems come up.

So far it looks like redistricting, which has been deeply controversial in the city, will cause only slight changes in the school district: Parts of Linda Vista would fall under school board member Kevin Beiser instead of Scott Barnett. Rolando would go from Beiser to Shelia Jackson. Hollywood Park would be represented by Richard Barrera instead of Jackson. And Mission Hills would go from Barnett to Barrera.

But maybe I’m missing something that could ruffle feathers. What do you think of the proposed changes? San Diego Unified is seeking your comments on its website. Feel free to drop your thoughts here on the blog too!

Emily Alpert is the education reporter for voiceofsandiego.org. What should she write about next? Please contact her directly at emily.alpert@voiceofsandiego.org.

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Emily Alpert was formerly the education reporter for Voice of San Diego.

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