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SRVUSD: Public input sought for drawing of board district maps

District to be divided into five trustee areas for future elections

San Ramon Valley Unified School District officials are set to meet and continue discussing the creation of districts for future school trustee elections during a special board meeting Tuesday night.

Set as the second of two required public hearings on the subject, the meeting in Danville will see the board talk about its planned transition from its current practice of at-large voting for elections to district voting, as well as seek public input for how districts should be drawn.

Five trustee areas will be drawn with a near-equal number of residents populating each, and the board hopes for each to be comprised of residents who share similar interests and needs, according to district officials.

After the transition is completed, residents will only vote for a candidate who lives within their geographic area, essentially meaning residents will only vote for one trustee seat every four years, instead of all available trustee seats every two years as is the case under at-large voting.

The decision to transition to district elections was made after the board received a petition from a voting rights organization requesting that they do so. The petition cited the California Voting Rights Act as finding that at-large elections impair the abilities of a “protected class” to influence the outcome of an election -- according to the petition, a protected class is defined as voters who are members of a race, color or language minority group.

The SRVUSD is set to hold a third public hearing on the establishment of districts on Jan. 24.

On Tuesday, the school board will meet to discuss district elections at 7 p.m. at the district offices, 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.

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