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By-Trustee Area Elections

​​​Letter to Parents from the Superintendent 09/01/17 - ​English Letter   Spanish Letter

Sept. 13Premap Public Hearing - Notice of Public Hearing
Premap Presentation
6:00 pm / City Hall
Sept. 27Premap Public Hearing6:00 pm / City Hall
Oct. 11

Postmap Public Hearing

State Board of Education Waiver Public Hearing

6:00 pm / City Hall
Oct. 12Map Input Community Meeting No. 15:30-6:30 pm / Rincon Valley Middle School
Oct. 24 Map Input Community Meeting No. 2 & 3

5:30-6:30 pm / Piner High School

7:00-8:00 pm / Steele Lane Elementary School

Oct. 25Postmap Public Hearing6:00 pm / City Hall
Nov. 1

Final Public Hearing and Adoption

(selection of map and rotation)

5:30 pm / Lewis Education Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 2230 Lomitas Avenue​​


Want to share your thoughts?

Use this By-Trustee Area ​Elections Comment Form (​English & Spanish)

About By-Trustee Elections

In 2002, the California legislature enacted the California Voting Rights Act ("CVRA"), which prohibits the use of at-large elections of governing board members for a school district if it "impairs the ability of a protected class to elect candidates of its choice or its ability to influence the outcome of an election…."  (Elections Code § 14027, emphasis added.)  Under the CVRA, the only election system that provides an accepted “safe harbor” from a potential CVRA claim is a “by-trustee area” election system.  Under a “by-trustee area” election system, a school district is divided into separate trustee areas and one governing board member is elected by the registered voters in that particular trustee area, rather than the community at-large.  The Santa Rosa City Schools currently employs an “at-large” election system for the purposes of electing Governing Board members.

The Santa Rosa City Schools ("District") and the Governing Board, cognizant of numerous schools districts and other public agencies throughout the state that have been targeted by private law firms for alleged violations of the CVRA, expended substantial time and effort researching, investigating, and analyzing the CVRA and the potential transition into a "by-trustee" area election system.  The District has been examining these issues going back to last year.  Further, after taking into consideration its reduced operating revenues and need for fiscal responsibility and retaining legal counsel and a specialized demographer to assist the Governing Board, it is believed that the best course of action for the District is to initiate its transition into a "by-trustee" area election system for future Governing Board elections.  In addition to initiating this transition, Education Code sections 33050-33053 authorizes the State Board of Education to waive the voter approval requirement to transition, which could reduce the costs and risks associated with the District’s transition to a “by-trustee area” election system. ​

Board Actions

August 9, 2017 - Approved Resolution 2017/18-002