Electing New Board Members with hand and images of people

Dear West County Community, Students, and Parents, 

I am writing to provide an update and encourage your participation in an important process led by the West Sonoma County Union High School District Governing Board. On February 10, 2021, 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 Sonoma 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 2022 general election, on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Please note that all current Board members will serve out the full length of their elected terms regardless of the location of their residences.

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. Following the initial public hearings and the release of the 2020 Census data later in 2021, the proposed maps will be created and posted on the District’s web site, www.wscuhsd.org, for review. Thereafter, the District will be hosting an additional series of public hearings regarding the map options, once created.  The scheduled dates and times of the upcoming public hearings are shown below. You are invited to attend as many meetings as you would like. If you cannot attend a hearing or meeting and wish to comment regarding potential trustee areas as well as on the proposed “trustee area” maps, once created, we encourage you to submit your comments and feedback via email at that time.

 I look forward to your participation.

SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

Public Hearings 

(Prior to Creation of Map Options)

DATEPLACETIME
September 14, 2021
Public Hearing
West County High School Theater
6950 Analy Ave
Sebastopol CA 95472
6:00 pm
October 13, 2021
Public Hearing 
Library ***Location Update***
7050 Covey Road
Forestville, CA 95436
6:00 pm

Public Hearings 

(After Creation of Map Options)

DATE PLACETIME
November 10, 2021
Public Hearing
Performing Arts Center
7050 Covey Road
Forestville, CA 95436
6:00 p.m.
December 1, 2021
Public Hearing
West County High School Theatre
6950 Analy Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 95472
6:00 p.m.
December 15, 2021*
Public Hearing
West County High School Theatre
6950 Analy Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 95472
6:00 p.m.


NOTE: *The Board vote on trustee area boundaries will immediately follow the
third post-map release Public Hearing on December 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Toni Beal

Superintendent