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Welcome and Overview

San Rafael City Schools is switching Board of Education elections to by-trustee area elections. Board members are currently elected in "at-large" elections, where each member is elected by voters throughout the District’s territory, including both the elementary and high school regions. Under the new system, the Board members will be elected by-trustee-area; they will be required to live in the area they represent and will be elected only by the registered voters of that area.
 

To avoid litigation, SRCS must complete the process by Sept. 11, 2019. The new system would be in effect for the next SRCS Board of Education election in November 2020. 
 

Please review this webpage - and check out the left sidebar for links to important pages - for the most updated information. 

Upcoming Sessions and Workshops

Attend an Upcoming Session! The Board is undertaking a mapping process to define the trustee areas, and we need your help! 

SRCS is committed to transparency and encourages residents and stakeholders to participate. All people will be heard! All comments will be recorded and considered.

Public Hearings
The community is invited to attend and comment on draft maps. All public hearings will take place at SRCS Board meetings. Spanish interpreting will be provided.

  • June 24, SRCS Board Room, 310 Nova Albion Way, 6 pm
  • August 12, SRCS Board Room, 310 Nova Albion Way, 6 pm
  • August 26, SRCS Board Room, 310 Nova Albion Way, 6 pm

Community Forums
These events will include a presentation about the process and an interactive workshop for attendees to provide input on the latest maps. All meetings are open to all community members and stakeholders. Spanish interpreting will be provided.

  • June 18, Bahia Vista Elementary Multipurpose Room, 6:30 - 8 pm
  • July 17, Venetia Valley Library, 6:30 - 8 pm
  • July 29, Davidson Middle School Library, 6:30 - 8 pm

In addition to the sessions and opportunities described above, the District is able to provide informational presentations for community groups and organizations. To request a presentation, please contact communications@srcs.org or 415-492-3233.

Additionally, members of the SRCS community are welcome to share suggestions or feedback via email to communications@srcs.org or by calling 415-492-3233.

Create Your Own Map

Community members are able to create their own maps via two map-drawing tools. 

  1. Paper-only maps
  2. A powerful, but also complicated, online map-drawing tool

You can approach the map-drawing process in several ways! You can draw the borders of your neighborhood and indicate whether you want it united in one trustee area or if you want your neighborhood to be part of multiple trustee areas. You can draw a proposed trustee area, or even sketch an entire map of the five trustee areas. 

Also, you can provide feedback on draft maps that have been previously shared. 

Draw whatever you would like the Board of Education to consider and submit it to SRCS@NDCresearch.com. The District’s demographic consultants will generate the population and other demographic details for your proposed map, and make sure that the Board receives a copy.

Click the "Draw a Map" link in the left sidebar to learn more. 

Background

On March 25, 2019, the SRCS Board of Education approved a resolution that indicates its intention to transition Board elections to by-trustee area elections. Board members are currently elected in "at-large" elections, where each member is elected by voters throughout the District’s territory, including both the elementary and high school regions. Under the new system, the Board members will be elected by-trustee-area; they will be required to live in the area they represent and will be elected only by the registered voters of that area.

The California Voting Rights Act's (CVRA) purpose is to ensure that the use of at-large elections does not prevent minority groups from electing candidates of their choice to the elected boards of local agencies. The CVRA allows an individual to file suit over an alleged violation, allows a successful challenger to recover their attorneys' fees from the agency and provides courts with broad authority to impose remedies to prevent the dilution of minority votes. 

In February 2019, the District received a letter from the attorney Kevin Shenkman alleging that current District Board elections are in violation of the CVRA. The letter indicated that litigation may result if the District did not make a transition to by-trustee area elections and suggested the District would be liable for his fees if it did not make the transition. The Board's adoption of the resolution limits the fees that Mr. Shenkman may request once the Board completes the transition. The District's liability for any fees would be subject to Mr. Shenkman making a request for a reasonable amount of fees incurred in sending the letter to the District.

The resolution approved by the Board also provides a general outline of the public process for developing the trustee area boundary map which would be used to implement by-trustee area elections. A subcommittee of the Board and the District are currently determining the timeline, but there will be a minimum of five public hearings as part of the process, including two public hearings prior to the development of any draft maps. To meet legal requirements, SRCS must complete the process by September 11, 2019. The new system would be in effect for the next SRCS Board of Education election in November 2020. Click here to view the resolution.

Please check back to this webpage - www.srcs.org/trustee-elections - for up-to-date information.