SRVUSD board to discuss impending transition to district-based elections

Officials to meet with demographers on options for San Ramon Valley maps

The San Ramon Valley school board is set to meet and discuss its transition to district-based voting for future board elections at a special meeting Tuesday evening.

After declaring its intent to transition from at-large voting (residents choosing to vote from all trustee candidates) to district-based voting (residents only vote for the one trustee position representing their geographical region within SRVUSD), the Board of Education will confer in open session with representatives from the National Demographers Corporation to discuss how the transition will be made and how districts will be drawn.

The decision to make the change was the result of a petition submitted by a voting rights organization requested the district make the change, citing the California Voting Rights Act, which finds that at-large elections impair the abilities of a “protected class” to influence the outcome of an election -- according to the petition, a protected class is defined as voters who are members of a race, color or language minority group.

SRVUSD’s next election is set to be held November 2020, with two trustee seats available for residents.

The petition was also addressed to the town of Danville, city of San Ramon, the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District and the Dublin San Ramon Services District, all of whom participate in at-large voting.

This meeting will mark the first of two mandatory public hearings for SRVUSD to receive community input.

The school board is set to discuss redistricting options at its special meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.

Board members will also meet earlier in the evening, at 6:30 p.m. in closed session, to talk with legal counsel about an unspecified case of potential litigation. They will then speak in open session at 6:45 p.m. about terminating the district's agreement with general contractor Vila Construction for the Stone Valley Middle School modernization project.

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