Trustee Election System


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING – Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.


A public hearing will be held by the Sacramento County Committee on School District Organization (County Committee) to receive public comment and input from the community regarding the Elk Grove Unified School District’s (EGUSD) proposal to change its method of electing governing board members. Currently, seven EGUSD board members are elected under a “hybrid at-large” system, where one board member residing within each of the seven currently existing trustee areas is elected by the registered voters of the entire school district. EGUSD proposes to change its election method so that one governing board member residing in each trustee area will be elected by the registered voters residing in that trustee area (“by-trustee area elections”). At the conclusion of the public hearing, the County Committee may take action to approve or disapprove EGUSD’s proposal to change election methods, including its proposed trustee area boundaries map and sequence of elections.

Public Hearing Notice
Meeting Agenda

  • Zoom Video Conference: To view the meeting from a computer, tablet, or smart phone, go to: https://scoe.zoom.us/j/93706848397
  • Telephone Conference: To listen by phone: Primary Number: (669) 900-6833, Secondary Number: (346) 248-7799, Enter the Meeting ID: 937 0684 8397
  • Public Comment: Members of the public may submit public comment through a Google form at https://bit.ly/county-committee-9-9-21. Public comment received before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9, 2021 will be read during the teleconferenced meeting at appropriate times.

 

The Elk Grove Unified School District’s Board of Education is currently elected under a hybrid “at-large” election system, where trustees reside in designated trustee areas, and are elected by voters of the entire District.

On December 17, 2019, the Board adopted Resolution No. 32, 2019-20, Resolution to Initiate a Transition to a By-Trustee Area Election System Commencing with the 2022 Governing Board Election. As provided in Resolution No. 32, 2019-20, the Board intended to wait until the release of the 2020 Census data, scheduled for March 2021, and then immediately begin the transition process. Due to COVID-19 pandemic-related delays, the 2020 Census data is not expected to be made available to state and local agencies until September 30, 2021 or later, which is a substantial delay from the original due date of March 31, 2021. Due to this significant delay, the potential for further delay, and the tight timelines to complete the process in time for the 2022 elections, the District has concerns about continuing to delay the process until the 2020 Census data is released.

The District aspires to promote a robust public input process and believes that it is now in the best interest of the District not to wait until the delayed release of the 2020 Census data, but to move forward immediately to transition to by-trustee area elections using the 2010 Census data pursuant to the process provided in the Elections and Education Codes. The Board will then review the 2020 Census data upon its release to ensure the adopted trustee areas maintain appropriate population balance pursuant to Education Code section 5019.5.

The final maps to be used in the 2022 election will rely upon the 2020 census data. On May 4, 2021, the Board adopted Resolution No. 67, 2020-21 reaffirming its intent to transition to by-trustee area Board elections using 2010 Census data and making applicable modifications to the Trustee Areas when the 2020 Census data is released.


Trustee Area Maps

Part of this multifaceted election system transition includes the public posting and review of draft Trustee Area maps as they are prepared and presented to the Board.  The availability of these maps has been shared in Districtwide communications, Board Agenda postings, Board hearings and published in the Sacramento Bee and Elk Grove Citizen newspapers. The following links are provided for members of the public to review the draft maps as they are developed:


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