A Public Hearing to consider these proposed maps will take place on September 24, 2019 at 6:00PM at the District Office Board Room, 4711 Campbell Avenue, San Jose.
At the September 10, 2019 Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees adopted Resolution #6-2019/2020 which established the criteria to guide the demographer and District staff in the development of draft trustee-area maps for Board and public consideration. The criteria options are identified in a checklist format as Exhibit A to the resolution, allowing for Board choice. One additional criteria was added by the Board (see Criteria #11).
September 10, 2019 at 6:00PM
The Board of Trustees hosted their second public hearing during the regularly scheduled board meeting on September 10, 2019. At the meeting, 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).)
August 27, 2019 at 6:00PM
The Board of Trustees hosted their first public hearing during the regularly scheduled board meeting on August 27, 2019. At this meeting, 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).)
During their regularly scheduled board meeting on August 27, 2019, the Board of Trustees considered submitting a waiver request to the State Board of Education, relating 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. To avoid the costs associated with an election and to ensure timely implementation, the Board considered 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. The public was invited to participate and make comments during the public hearing. With no comments during this public hearing, the Board of Trustees adopted Resolution #3-2019/2020, Authorizing the Superintendent to Seek a Waiver from the State Board of Education.
On August 13, 2019, the Moreland School District’s Board of Trustees considered and adopted Resolution #2-2019/2020, declaring its intent to transition from at-large elections to trustee-area board elections. By adopting this resolution, the Board of Trustees initiated the process of transitioning to trustee area elections, in full compliance with all appropriate procedures and policies provided in law, with the intention of completing the process within 90 days of the resolution’s passage. While moving to a by-trustee area election system will involve creating five trustee areas, this change will not impact either the overall boundary of the District or existing school attendance areas. Additionally, incumbent Board members’ terms of office are not reduced as a result of the transition.
Currently, the Board of Trustees are elected under an “at-large” election system, where trustees are elected by voters for the entire District. Under the California Voting Rights Act (Elec. Code, § 14026, et seq.) (“CVRA”), at-large elections are impermissible if they result in racially polarized voting. Racially polarized voting is defined as “voting in which there is a difference . . . in the choice of candidates or other electoral choices that are preferred by voters in a protected class, and in the choice of candidates and electoral choices that are preferred by voters in the rest of the electorate.” (Elec. Code, § 14026, subd. (e).) To minimize the potential for impermissible racially polarized voting, many public agencies in California conduct “by trustee-area” elections, where each trustee must reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area. While the District 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.