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Transition to a New System of Electing Governing Board Members

October 2019 Superintendent's Message Discussing Transition
Initial letter (9/13/19): 
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Presentations: 
Introduction to the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA)
Comments in Advance of Preparing Trustee Area Map Options


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.