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Transition to a New System of Electing Governing Board Members

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE This "New System" has NO IMPACT on your student’s scheduled Middle/Junior and High Schools.
Attendance areas are NOT being changed.

December 2, 2019 at 11:34 am

Dear Fremont Community:

Sixth Map Option for Consideration - 

The District’s demographer has created an additional map, Plan 6, following public feedback provided at the District’s November 20, 2019 public hearing.  Plan 6 joins Plans 1-5 as options currently under consideration by the District’s Governing Board.  Plan 6 offers a different look compared to many of the other options while still attempting to keep many elementary school attendance areas intact.  Plan 6, like the other options, meets the equal population requirement and increases the voting power of the largest protected classes in the District (Hispanic/Latino; Asian; and African American) by Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP/eligible voters) in at least two Trustee Areas per map based on up-to-date CVAP statistics compared to District-wide averages. Additionally, Plan 6 creates two Asian majority areas per map by CVAP. 

Each map option for consideration:

  1. Meets the equal population requirement (that each trustee area have equal population with up to a 10% variance);
  2. Increases the voting power of the largest protected classes in the District (Hispanic/Latino; Asian; and African American) by Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP/eligible voters) in at least two Trustee Areas per map based on up-to-date CVAP statistics compared to District-wide averages;
  3. Creates minimum of two Asian majority areas per map by CVAP;
  4. Complies with the Federal Voting Rights Act;
  5. Respects communities of interest as much as possible;
  6. Is compact and contiguous as much as possible; and
  7. Follows man-made and natural geographic features as much as possible.

Draft Map 1 (pdf) | Draft Map 2 (pdf) | Draft Map 3 (pdf) | Draft Map 4 (pdf) | Draft Map 5 (pdf) | Draft Map 6 (pdf) | All Draft Maps (pdf)

menu 6 Draft Maps Available Via Interactive Map

General information (added 11/19/19) Asian and Hispanic CVAP population density maps that show the full District boundaries.

As a reminder, the District will hold its 3rd and Final Public Hearing regarding Map Options: December 10, 2019 – at 7:00 p.m. and adopt map option during the Governing Board meeting at the District Office Board Room (4210 Technology Drive, Fremont, CA 94538)

The Fremont community is invited to attend this meeting and public hearing. If you cannot attend and wish to comment regarding the proposed map options under consideration, please submit your comments and feedback to Brian Killgore, at bkillgore@fusdk12.net. All map feedback will be relayed to the Board.

Sincerely,
Kim Wallace, Ed.D
Superintendent


November 13, 2019 at 8:38 am

Dear Fremont Community:

Additional Map Option for Consideration and Updates - 

The District’s demographer has created an additional map, Plan 5, following public feedback provided at the District’s October 30, 2019 public hearing.  Plan 5 joins Plans 1-4 as options currently under consideration by the District’s Governing Board.  Plan 5 attempts to keep as many elementary school attendance boundaries intact as possible – though it is not possible to keep all elementary school boundaries intact and still maintain required population equality per Trustee Area.   Plan 5, like the other options, meets the equal population requirement and increases the voting power of the largest protected classes in the District (Hispanic/Latino; Asian; and African American) by Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP/eligible voters) in at least two Trustee Areas per map based on up-to-date CVAP statistics compared to District-wide averages.  Additionally, Plan 5 creates three Asian majority areas per map by CVAP.  This Plan also keeps the Mission San Jose area together.  

The District also received comments regarding attempting to calculate how many students presently live in each Trustee Area per map option.  Since attendance areas are often split amongst multiple Trustee Areas, it will be difficult to determine exactly how many students from each Trustee Area currently attend which schools.  Importantly, student attendance is not one of the legal criteria for consideration when preparing and selecting a map option for this transition.  The most important population information, and top criteria, is total population equality per Trustee Area (within a permissible 10% variance).  All Plans meet this requirement. 

The District also received feedback regarding whether it was possible to further spread the American HS attendance area (in Trustee Area 1 on all Plans) amongst more Trustee Areas.  The northwestern corner of the District (the American HS attendance area) is densely populated and wraps around the northern portion of Newark.  There are approximately 52,000 people living within the American HS attendance boundary.  To achieve population equality, the District’s Trustee Areas need to contain approximately 42,800 people per area.  This, along with the requirement that each Area be geographically contiguous, makes it difficult to stretch Trustee Area 1 to reach outside of the American HS attendance area while still maintaining relative geographical compactness.

↑↑ Draft Maps posted above. ↑↑

As a reminder, the District will hold two additional public hearings regarding the map options:

November 20, 20192nd Public Hearing regarding Map Options at 7:00 p.m. during the Governing Board meeting at the District Office Board Room (4210 Technology Drive, Fremont, CA 94538)

December 10, 2019 – 3rd Public Hearing regarding Map Options at 7:00 p.m. and adopt map option during the Governing Board meeting at the District Office Board Room (4210 Technology Drive, Fremont, CA 94538)

The Fremont community is invited to attend as many meetings and public hearings as you would like. If you cannot attend and wish to review and/or comment regarding the proposed map options under consideration, please submit your comments and feedback to Brian Killgore, at bkillgore@fusdk12.net. All map preference feedback will be relayed to the Board prior to its discussion and adoption of a map option.

We look forward to your continued participation.

Sincerely,
Kim Wallace, Ed.D
Superintendent


October 23, 2019 at 11:41 am

Dear Fremont Community:

Four Map Options for Consideration - 

As the District continues to move through the process of transitioning to "by-Trustee-area" elections under the legal requirements of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), we have reached an important juncture. The District is releasing four map options to the community for study and input. All four of the map options being considered meet the legal requirements outlined in CVRA.

The District is providing three in-person opportunities to the community to review and provide feedback over the next seven weeks before the Board of Education votes on December 10, 2019 for a map that will be put into effect for the November 2020 Board elections.

This release of map options comes at the end of the "Pre-Map" period wherein the District engaged the community with two public hearings to solicit input before drawing map options.

↑↑ Draft Maps posted above. ↑↑

Upcoming Meeting and Hearing Schedule

October 30, 2019 – 1st Public Hearing regarding Map Options at 7:00 p.m. during the Governing Board meeting at the District Office Board Room (4210 Technology Drive, Fremont, CA 94538)

November 20, 2019 – 2nd Public Hearing regarding Map Options at 7:00 p.m. during the Governing Board meeting at the District Office Board Room (4210 Technology Drive, Fremont, CA 94538)

December 10, 2019 – 3rd Public Hearing regarding Map Options at 7:00 p.m. and adopt map option during the Governing Board meeting at the District Office Board Room (4210 Technology Drive, Fremont, CA 94538)

The Fremont community is invited to attend as many meetings and public hearings as you would like. If you cannot attend and wish to review and/or comment regarding the proposed map options under consideration, please submit your comments and feedback to Brian Killgore, at bkillgore@fusdk12.net. All map preference feedback will be relayed to the Board prior to its discussion and adoption of a map option.

We look forward to your continued participation.

Sincerely,
Kim Wallace, Ed.D
Superintendent


Frequently Asked Questions - By-Trustee Area

October 2019 Superintendent's Message Discussing Transition

Presentations: 

Trustee Area Map Options October 30, 2019
Introduction to the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA)
Comments in Advance of Preparing Trustee Area Map Options


Initial letter (9/13/19): English | español | 中文 (pdfs)

September 13, 2019
Dear Parents and Community Members:

I am writing to encourage your participation in an important process led by the Fremont Unified School District Governing Board.

Starting on September 11, 2019, the District initiated the process of transitioning the method by which Governing Board members are elected.  Under the current “at-large” system, all registered voters in the District’s boundaries can vote for candidates for Board member seats.  Under the new proposed system, candidates will be elected by “trustee areas.”  This means only voters within a given trustee area can vote for candidates who reside within that same area.  The intent of this proposed system is to offer greater opportunities for Board representation for candidates that might not otherwise be elected under an at-large system.

Transitioning to this new system requires the Board to hold public hearings on proposed trustee area boundaries (or maps) prior to asking the Alameda County Committee on School District Organization to approve the change.  If the Committee approves the change, “by-trustee” area voting would be held starting with the 2020 general election, on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Before the District prepares and presents draft map options, the law requires the District to hold two public hearings to solicit comments and feedback regarding potential trustee areas.  Thereafter, the District will be hosting a series of public hearings regarding the map options, once created.  You are invited to attend as many as you would like.  If you cannot attend a hearing or meeting and wish to review and/or comment regarding potential trustee areas as well as on the proposed “trustee area” maps, once created, please do not hesitate to submit your comments ad feedback to the email address below.  Following the initial public hearings, the proposed maps will be created and posted on this web site.

You may email any comments or questions to FUSD Public Information Officer, Brian Killgore, at bkillgore@fusdk12.net. You may also comment by telephone at (510) 657-2350 x12594. I look forward to your participation.

Sincerely,

Kim Wallace, Ed.D
Superintendent


 

Public Hearings

Hearing time will be approximately 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as practicable.

Public Hearings (Prior to Creation of Map Options)
Date Place Time
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Public Hearing
District Office - Board Room
4210 Technology Drive
Fremont, CA 94538
7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Public Hearing
District Office - Board Room
4210 Technology Drive
Fremont, CA 94538
7:00 p.m.

 

Public Hearings (After Creation of Map Options)
Date Place Time
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Public Hearing
District Office - Board Room
4210 Technology Drive
Fremont, CA 94538
7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Public Hearing
District Office - Board Room
4210 Technology Drive
Fremont, CA 94538
7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
Public Hearing
District Office - Board Room
4210 Technology Drive
Fremont, CA 94538
7:00 p.m.

 

NOTE: Board vote on trustee area boundaries to follow third Public Hearing: On December 10th, 2019, in the District Office - Board Room located at 4210 Technology Drive, Fremont, CA 94538 at 7:00 p.m.