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This style guide describes how to add the About the district section to a school board candidate page on Ballotpedia.

About the district

The "About the district" section should provide the reader with a concise and informative overview of the school board candidate's school district. This section can often be pulled from the school district or district election overview pages with little to no alterations necessary. A See also link to the district page should be included immediately below the section header. School board candidate pages require an introductory paragraph about district location as well as a Demographics subheader. Most of the information in both the introductory paragraph and the "Demographics" sub-sections can be drawn from the most recent United States Census Bureau report. This section follows the "Campaign themes" and "What's at stake?" sections and precedes the "Recent news" and "See also" sections.

The introductory paragraph should provide the reader with a geographical overview of the school district. A map of the district should always be included at the beginning of this sub-section. If Ballotpedia does not already have a map of the school district, one must be uploaded. To upload a map of the district, begin by finding the image on Wikimedia Commons. Search for "File:Map of STATE highlighting COUNTY NAME" to find the image. Save a copy of the image and use the same title as was used on Wikimedia Commons. On Ballotpedia, click "Upload file" under the "Toolbox" heading on the left side of the page. Click the "Choose file" button to select the district map image, then input the following code into the summary box:

{{pd 
  |link=[IMAGE URL Wikimedia Commons]}}
[[Category:STATE school board maps]]

Click "Upload file" to finish the image uploading process. The "Location" sub-section should also include an explanation of where the district is in relation to other major cities or districts in the state.

Demographics

The "Demographics" sub-section should provide the reader with a demographic overview of the school district. It should begin with a paragraph that contains pertinent facts about the school district, such as:

  • Average household income in the district compared to the state statistics
  • Poverty rate in the district compared to the state statistics
  • Higher educational attainment (bachelor's degrees) in the district compared to the state statistics
  • Any other facts that usefully describe the district

This should be followed by two side-by-side tables that provide information on racial demographics and party affiliations in the school district. This information can be found on the United States Census Bureau report, the state's Secretary of State website and county and municipal websites. The tables should include statistics for both the school district and the state. If voter registration information is not available for the party affiliation table, use a substitute such as the closest regional presidential vote to measure party affiliation.

Installation

==About the District==
:: SEE ALSO: [[NAME OF SCHOOL DISTRICT PAGE]]
[[IMAGE FILE|200px|thumb|left|LOCATION|link=DISTRICT PAGE NAME|DISTRICT NAME is located in COUNTY NAME, STATE]] EXPLANATORY TEXT

===Demographics===
EXPLANATORY TEXT

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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Race
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | District (%)
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | State (%)
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| RACE || % DISTRICT || % STATE
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| RACE || % DISTRICT || % STATE
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| RACE || % DISTRICT || % STATE
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| RACE || % DISTRICT || % STATE
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| RACE || % DISTRICT || % STATE
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| RACE || % DISTRICT || % STATE
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| RACE || % DISTRICT || % STATE
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed" style="background:none; text-align: center;"
! colspan="3" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" |'' Party Affiliation
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Party
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Registered Voters
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | % of Total
|- 
| PARTY || REGISTERED VOTERS || % TOTAL
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| PARTY || REGISTERED VOTERS || % TOTAL
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| PARTY || REGISTERED VOTERS || % TOTAL
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| PARTY || REGISTERED VOTERS || % TOTAL
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| PARTY || REGISTERED VOTERS || % TOTAL
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| PARTY || REGISTERED VOTERS || % TOTAL
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Example

See also: Ronda Scholting

About the district

See also: Douglas County School District, Colorado
Douglas County School District is located in Douglas County, CO
The Douglas County School District is located in Douglas County, Colorado. Douglas County is located between the cities of Denver and Colorado Springs. According to the 2010 US Census, Douglas County Schools is home to 285,465 residents.[1] The school district includes 88 schools and served 64,657 students in the 2012-2013 school year.[2][3] The county seat is Castle Rock, named after a notable nearby butte. The district lies on the Colorado Piedmont and features woodlands and mesas.

Demographics

Douglas County outperforms the rest of Colorado based on average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Douglas County was $101,193 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Douglas County was 3.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 54.6% of Douglas County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% in Colorado.[4]

See also

References