Why Transition to By-Trustee Area Elections?


Pursuant to Education Code section 35012, the five members of CUSD’s Governing Board are currently elected under an at-large election system, where trustees are elected by voters in the entire District. Board members are elected in even-number years and serve staggered, four-year terms, such that the next election for the two trustee seats is scheduled for November 2020, with the remaining trustee seats scheduled for election in November 2022.

 

Under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), at-large elections are impermissible if they result in racially polarized voting. The only election system that provides CUSD complete protection from a CVRA claim is a “by-trustee area” election system.

 

While the District leadership does not believe that its current form of elections violates the CVRA, it does believe that it is in the public interest to begin the process to transition from at-large to trustee-area elections to minimize the potential for impermissible racially-polarized voting.

 

The transition process will include opportunities for public input with regard to delineating the trustee area boundaries. Opportunities for public input regarding the content of the draft maps and the sequence of elections include but are not limited to four public hearings. Pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, subdivision (a), the District will hold at least two public hearings before the drawing of draft trustee-area maps and two public hearings after all the draft maps are drawn.

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Trustee Area Maps

Please note: Trustee-area boundaries are for election purposes only and do not affect existing school attendance boundaries.

District At-Large Boundary


Trustee-Area Boundaries

Proposed trustee areas are under development. The following options are being considered:

  • See the Interactive Map
  • Oct. 17, 2019: Purple Map (PDF)
  • Oct. 17, 2019: Tan Map (PDF)
  • Public Hearing Outcomes


    November 21, 2019: Proposed Composition Of Trustee-Area Maps And Adoption Of Resolution #2019-20-22 Approving Transition To Trustee Areas

    At a regularly scheduled board meeting on November 21, 2019, the board held a public hearing to receive community input regarding the proposed trustee-area map and the proposed sequence of elections, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010(a)(2).
    The Board voted unanimously to adopt Resolution #2019-20-22 Resolution Of The Governing Board Of The Campbell Union School District Initiating A Proposal To The Santa Clara County Committee On School District Organization For The Adoption Of By-Trustee-Area Elections.

    November 7, 2019: Public Hearing to Seek Input Regarding Content of Trustee-Area Maps and Proposed Sequence of Elections

    At a regularly scheduled board meeting on November 7, 2019, the board held the second of two statutorily required public hearings to receive community input regarding the draft trustee-area maps and the proposed sequence of elections, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010(a)(2).

    October 24, 2019: Presentation On Proposed Trustee-Area Boundary Maps for Campbell Union School District

    At a regularly scheduled board meeting on October 24, 2019, a representative from National Demographics Corporation presented two proposed trustee-area boundary maps for Campbell Union School District and information on the process for drawing the trustee-area maps. The 2 proposed trustee area maps were published on the District’s website on October 17, 2019, for consideration by the Board and the community.

    October 24, 2019: Public Hearing to Seek Input Regarding Content of Trustee-Area Maps and Proposed Sequence of Elections

    At a regularly scheduled board meeting on October 24, 2019, the board held the first of two statutorily required public hearings to receive community input on the proposed trustee-area maps and the proposed sequence of elections, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010(a)(2).

    October 3, 2019: Public Hearing to Seek Public Input Regarding Waiver from the State Board of Education

    During their regularly scheduled board meeting on October 3, 2019, the Governing Board held a public hearing regarding a waiver request to the State Board of Education. The waiver relates to Education Code section 5020, which requires an election to approve a transition from an at-large method of election to a by-trustee area method of election. The public was invited to participate and make comments during the public hearing. To avoid the costs associated with an election and to ensure timely implementation, the Board adopted Resolution #2019-20-13 seeking a waiver from the State Board of Education of this election requirement, as well as certain other Education Code sections related to the election requirement.

    October 3, 2019: Second Public Hearing to Seek Public Input Prior to Drafting By-Trustee Area Maps

    At a regularly scheduled board meeting on October 3, 2019, the District’s attorney provided another presentation on the map development process and criteria for drawing the trustee-area boundary maps. Following the presentation, the Board hosted a second public hearing to receive input from the community on the trustee-area map creation process, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010(a)(1). After the hearing, the Board considered and adopted Resolution #2019-20-14, establishing criteria to guide the demographer in the development of draft trustee-area maps for Board and public consideration.

    September 23, 2019: First Public Hearing to Seek Public Input Prior to Drafting By-Trustee Area Maps

    At a special board meeting on September 23, 2019, the District’s demographers, National Demographics Corporation, presented on the map development process and criteria for drawing the trustee-area boundary maps. Following the presentation, the Board hosted a public hearing to receive input from the community on the trustee-area map creation process, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010(a)(1).