CHICO – The Chico Unified School District will hold a board meeting Wednesday night on the draft guardian area map presentation. Chico moves to a new electoral system along with other California government agencies.
The Chico Unified School District Board of Trustees is currently elected through a universal electoral system. Councilor candidates can reside anywhere in the CUSD service area and are elected by registered voters residing within the Chico Unified School District.
In 2020, concerns arose about the current electoral process for Chico City Council when a lawsuit was filed against the city. Based on information provided by the California School Board Association and other sources, the Chico Unified School District has begun research into a possible transition to district elections.
In February 2020, the board passed a resolution of intent to move from general elections to district elections under the California Voting Rights Act. However, the tidying up of the shelter due to the COVID-19 pandemic halted this process, and with the release of the 2020 census requiring updated guardianship territories, the preparation and acceptance of guardianship zone maps have been postponed until the fall of 2021.
The board was required to hold two public hearings within no more than 30 days before the boundaries of the proposed polling stations were mapped. District demographers used information from these September 1 and 15 meetings to prepare a preliminary set of draft maps of guardians’ territories.
The presentation of the draft map will start at 18:00. The first hearing of the draft map of the trust management territories will take place on November 3.
More information can be found at http://www.chicousd.org.