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CVUSD's Board of Education Approves Final Trustee Voting Area Plan

During the Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Board of Education Meeting for the Conejo Valley Unified School District, the Board of Education adopted Resolution #18/19-17 authorizing the selection and adoption of a final trustee area plan as part of the District’s transition to a “By-Trustee Area” election system.

The Board of Education approved Map 3A in a 4-1 vote (watch the video here)

View Map 3A here.

In advance of adopting a final plan, the District was required to, and did, seek public input on the proposed trustee area plans. The presentation and consideration of the proposed trustee area plans during a public hearing is an important part of the transition to a "By-Trustee Area" election system so that comments and input could be received from the public. Prior to the release of draft map options, the District held public hearings on December 4, 2018, and December 11, 2018, to solicit feedback in advance of map preparation by the District’s demographer. Following the release of draft map options, the District previously held public hearings at Governing Board meetings on January 22, 2019, February 5, 2019, and February 19, 2019 (prior to a vote taking place). FAQs, map options, presentation materials, and additional information materials were available on the District’s website page devoted specifically to this transition (http://www.conejousd.org/Community/By-Trustee-Area-Election-System).

In total nine different Map scenarios were presented, and considered during the Public Hearings leading up to the Tuesday, February 19th adoption of Resolution #18/19-17 and approval/selection of Map 3A.

With the approval/selection of Map 3A the Potential Election Sequencing would be Trustee Area 1, and Trustee Area 5 in 2020, and Trustee Area 2, Trustee Area 3, Trustee Area 4 in 2022.

On November 20, 2018, the Conejo Valley Unified School District's Governing Board (“Board”) voted to approve the proposal to initiate the process for the District to transition from an “At-Large” election system to a “By-Trustee Area” election system commencing with the 2020 Board elections. In approving the proposal, the Board was concerned about exposure to litigation under the California Voting Rights Act ("CVRA"), particularly taking into consideration the broad language of the CVRA and the fact that the CVRA grants a prevailing plaintiff the right to recover reasonable attorneys’ fees and expert witness fees. The process included compiling information and data to develop districting options and presentation of the options to the Governing Board and the public.

For more information on the District’s transition to a By-Trustee Area Election System, please visit: http://www.conejousd.org/Community/By-Trustee-Area-Election-System

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