Transition to By-Trustee Area Election
Starting October 10, 2019, the Rowland Unified School District Board of Education will hold the first of four required public hearings, as well as additional community meetings, to discuss transitioning from an at-large to by-trustee area Board elections.
Under the current “at-large” system, all registered voters within the District’s boundaries are able to vote for candidates for all open Board member seats. Under the new proposed system, as required by the California Voting Rights Act, candidates will be elected by “trustee areas”. This means that only voters within a given trustee area can vote for candidates who reside within that same area. Each Board member (trustee) must reside within the designated trustee-area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area. Under the by-trustee area system, voters would only vote for one seat on the school board if that seat is open during the election year.
SCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARINGS TO DATE AT DISTRICT OFFICE:
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6 p.m. AND Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
- Purpose: To receive input on the criteria to consider when developing trustee areas as well as the composition of the trustee areas. This input is intended to assist with the development of the draft maps to be later considered by the Board.
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6 p.m.
- Purpose: On November 14, the demographer’s proposed maps will be presented to the Board. Following the presentation, the Board will hold the first of two statutorily required public hearings to receive community input on the proposed trustee-area maps.
Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
- Purpose: The Board will hold the second of two statutorily required public hearings to receive input on proposed trustee-area maps.