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The Manhattan-Ogden school board is gearing up to tackle redistricting in the coming year.

At Wednesday’s board meeting, assistant superintendent Eric Reid said the district likely will work with RSP Associates, a school planning consultant, in the redistricting process. The district previously has worked with the company to conduct demographic and population trend studies.

“I know redistricting is a difficult process,” he said. “You guys know redistricting is a difficult process, so in order to do it most efficiently and in a long-term manner, I think we need some professional expertise in some areas where we don’t have it, let alone time.”

“We’re not planners, we’re school people,” Reid continued. “We do the best we can planning education pieces, but this is one of those outliers where I’d like to bring outside help in.”

Reid clarified that even with consultants, any ultimate decision on redistricting and school boundaries lies with the board.

“We still have to control that process — you still have to control that process as far as what are the most important things to look at,” he said. “We also need a community voice, and that community voice needs to be heard by you guys along the way.”

The district is working on a survey for teachers, parents and other community members. Reid said he would bring a more comprehensive report on the administration’s redistricting strategy plans to the board at its next meeting.

In other business, the board began discussions on officer positions. Karla Hagemeister said she was interested in being president, while Jurdene Coleman said she wanted to be vice president. The board will formally elect its officers at its Jan. 22 meeting.