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Overview and Updates

The SRCS Board of Education approved a resolution in March that indicates its intention to transition Board elections to by-trustee area elections. Board members are currently elected in "at-large" elections, where each member is elected by voters throughout the District’s territory, including both the elementary and high school regions. Under the new system, the Board members will be elected by-trustee-area; they will be required to live in the area they represent and will be elected only by the registered voters of that area. Please review this webpage for the most updated information. 

April 30 Public Session

At the Board meeting on April 30, 2019 at 6 pm in the SRCS Board Room at 310 Nova Albion Way, the Board will have an open session to review the upcoming community process. The meeting is open to the public. There will be discussion on topics such as:

  • Why is SRCS transitioning to trustee area elections?
  • What is the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA)?
  • What is going to happen over the next several months and how can the community be involved?
  • How will trustee-areas be created?
  • What does this change mean for all SRCS voters?
  • And more!

Public Process For Creation Of Trustee Areas

April 30

Board Meeting

Discussion Regarding Trustee Area Creation & Public Participation

Presentation by Dannis Woliver Kelley & National Demographics Corporation

May 13

Board Study Session

Discussion Regarding Criteria For Trustee Area Boundaries

Presentation by National Demographics Corporation

June-July*

Board Study Sessions

Publication & Public Hearing On Draft Maps

Continue Public Input Opportunities

August-September*

Board Study Sessions

Publication & Public Hearing On Revised Maps

Adoption of Final Map

September 11, 2019

To meet legal requirements, SRCS must complete the process by September 11, 2019

* Meeting dates to be determined at May 13 Board Study Session

Resolution to Transition to Trustee Area Elections

On March 25, 2019, the San Rafael City Schools (SRCS) Board of Education approved a resolution that indicates its intention to transition Board elections to by-trustee area elections. Board members are currently elected in "at-large" elections, where each member is elected by voters throughout the District’s territory, including both the elementary and high school regions. Under the new system, the Board members will be elected by-trustee-area; they will be required to live in the area they represent and will be elected only by the registered voters of that area.

The California Voting Rights Act's (CVRA) purpose is to ensure that the use of at-large elections does not prevent minority groups from electing candidates of their choice to the elected boards of local agencies. The CVRA allows an individual to file suit over an alleged violation, allows a successful challenger to recover their attorneys' fees from the agency and provides courts with broad authority to impose remedies to prevent the dilution of minority votes. 

In February 2019, the District received a letter from the attorney Kevin Shenkman alleging that current District Board elections are in violation of the CVRA. The letter indicated that litigation may result if the District did not make a transition to by-trustee area elections and suggested the District would be liable for his fees if it did not make the transition. The Board's adoption of the resolution limits the fees that Mr. Shenkman may request once the Board completes the transition. The District's liability for any fees would be subject to Mr. Shenkman making a request for a reasonable amount of fees incurred in sending the letter to the District.

The resolution approved by the Board also provides a general outline of the public process for developing the trustee area boundary map which would be used to implement by-trustee area elections. A subcommittee of the Board and the District are currently determining the timeline, but there will be a minimum of five public hearings as part of the process, including two public hearings prior to the development of any draft maps. To meet legal requirements, SRCS must complete the process by September 11, 2019. The new system would be in effect for the next SRCS Board of Education election in November 2020. Click here to view the resolution.

Please check back to this webpage - www.srcs.org/trustee-elections - for up-to-date information.