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Transition to By-Trustee Area Elections

Overview

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) currently elects the members of its Board of Education through an at-large election system. Under this system, candidates for the Board may reside anywhere within the District’s boundary and are elected by the registered voters who also reside within this boundary.

 

In accordance with the California Voting Rights Act, the District is transitioning to a by-trustee area election system due to a demand under the Elections Code by a resident to make this change.  In this process the District’s area of service is divided into trustee areas or districts. Voters in each of these trustee areas then elect their Board of Education representative, who must also reside in the respective trustee area.

 

The process timeline includes a series of public hearings to receive community input on the criteria to be used in preparing trustee area maps. A primary goal when drawing trustee election districts is to draw boundary lines that keep neighborhoods and/or clusters of neighborhoods together, which is why input from the community is essential. An online feedback form is available for the community to provide written input on the draft trustee-area map; members of the public are also encouraged to attend the formal Public Hearings held at MDUSD board meetings to provide their feedback in person as part of Public Comments.


An online feedback form is available for the community to provide written input on the draft trustee-area map; members of the public are also encouraged to attend the formal Public Hearings held at MDUSD board meetings to provide their feedback in person as part of Public Comments.
 

On September 23, 2019, the Board held the third public hearing.  This public hearing concerned the six maps initially drawn by the District demographer. Six persons spoke at the public hearing.  Many others made comments at the community meetings or by email.  A summary of the written comments was presented to the Board.  At the end of the hearing, there was a Board consensus to no longer consider Scenarios Red, Green, and Blue.  Also, the Board expressed an interest in reviewing other election sequencing proposals in addition to the currently published proposed sequence of election of board members in Areas 3 and 5 in the 2020 school board election with Areas 1, 2, and 4 up for election in 2022.  The Board will continue its discussion on Monday, October 14, 2019 and has expressed its desire to have a fifth and final public hearing on Monday, October 28, 2019.

Timeline & Key Dates

Draft Trustee Area Maps

Frequently Asked Questions

Resources & Contacts

California Voting Rights Act

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Redistricting Documents

 

Community Forum Flyers

Arabic | Chinese | Dari | English | Farsi | Hindi | Korean | Pashto | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese 

Additional Forum Online Feedback English/Spanish

Initial Report BY Demographer At Public Hearing 9/23/19

Trustee Area Map Selection

Election Sequencing Selection

Información Pública (SPANISH)

Trustee Area (Spanish)

Contact

Lawrence M. Schoenke

trusteeareas@mdusd.org

(925) 251-8505

What's Next?

 

NEW – Online Feedback Form

The District has added an online feedback form for the public to provide written feedback on the draft maps. Tell us what you think!

Important Dates

Monday, October 14, 2019Mt. Diablo Unified School District Offices/Board Room
1936 Carlotta Dr., Concord, 94519 (Get directions
7:00 p.m.

This will be the fourth formal Public Hearing to solicit public input on draft maps of trustee areas and proposed sequence of elections. The meeting will include resolutions to adopt the trustee-area maps and proposed sequence of elections.

Monday, October 28, 2019
Mt. Diablo Unified School District Offices/Board Room
1936 Carlotta Dr., Concord, 94519 (Get directions
7:00 p.m.

This will be the fifth formal Public Hearing to solicit public input on draft maps of trustee areas and proposed sequence of elections. The meeting will include resolutions to adopt the trustee-area maps and proposed sequence of elections.