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By-Trustee Area Elections

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

Letter to Parents from the Superintendent 11/17​/17English 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

Map Scenario 1

Map Scenario 2

Map Scenario 3

6:00 pm / City Hall
Oct. 12Map Input Community Meeting No. 1
(Cancelled due to Fires)
5:30-6:30 pm / Rincon Valley Middle School
Oct. 24 Map Input Community Meeting No. 2 & 3
(Cancelled due to Fires)

5:30-6:30 pm / Piner High School  District Office Board Room, 211 Ridgway Ave.​

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

Oct. 25Postmap Public Hearing - Notice of Public Hearing

Map Scenario 1

Map Scenario 2

Map Scenario 3

6:00 pm / City Hall
Nov. 1

​Final Public Hearing and Adoption

(selection of map and rotation)

​(Cancelled due to Fires)

5:30 pm / Lewis Education Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 2230 Lomitas Avenue​​ District Office Board Room, 211 Ridgway Ave.​
November 29Community Meeting​5:30-6:30 p.m. / Rincon Valley Middle School Library, 4650 Badger Road

 December 6 Community Meeting​5:30-6:30 p.m. / Piner High School, Room J-211,
1700 Fulton Road

 December 13Community Meeting​6:00-7:00 p.m. / Steele Lane Elementary School Library, 301 Steele Lane

January 9​Community Meeting​​5:30-6:30 p.m. / District Office Board Room, 211 Ridgway Ave.​
​January 17Community Meeting​​6:00-7:00 p.m. /​ District Office Board Room, 211 Ridgway Ave.​
January 24Final Public Hearing & Board Vote On Trustee Area Boundaries

6:00 p.m. / ​Santa Rosa City Hall
​100 Santa Rosa Avenue


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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