On Friday, the Antioch Unified School District released an agenda with four potential District options as the District makes the transition from at-large Board of Trustees to District Trustees.
The District will hold two meetings to gather public input:
- May 28 – 5:00 pm at the District Office (510 G Street, Antioch)
- June 1 – 10:00 am at Black Diamond Middle School (4730 Sterling Hill Drive, Antioch)
The four maps include all of the City of Antioch, as well as portions of both the City of Oakley (west of Empire Road) and City of Pittsburg which the Antioch Unified School District overlaps into.
According to the demographer, Cooperative Strategies, they provided an outline of considerations (see power point) in each of the Trustee areas:
- Each area shall contain nearly equal number of inhabitants
- Drawn to comply with Federal Voting Rights Act
- Compact and contiguous, as much as possible
- Respect communities of interest, as much as possible
- Follow man-made and natural geographic features, as much as possible
- Respect incumbency, If possible
- Other local considerations (IE, school boundaries, locations of school sites)
Here is a look at the four maps (click to enlarge):
The move comes after the AUSD received a demand letter claiming that the District’s current method of electing the Board of Education members through at-large elections violates the California Voting Rights Act (“CVRA”). This letter alleges that the District’s elections “may be occurring by polarized voting,” and threatens litigation if the District declines to adopt a By-Trustee Election System. A By-Trustee Election System is one in which the district’s area of service is divided into By-Trustee areas, and voters in each By-Trustee area choose their Board of Education representative, who must also live in that By-Trustee area.
On May 23, 2018, the AUSD Board of Education adopted Resolution 2017-18-28 declaring their intent to transition to a By-Trustee Area Election System in response to the demand letter.
For more information: https://www.antiochschools.net/domain/2457
View the maps in more detail: https://www.antiochschools.net/Page/9206