By-Trustee Area Election System
Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) Board of Education members are currently elected by registered voters using an At-Large Election System where candidates campaigning for the CVUSD Board of Education are permitted to reside anywhere in CVUSD’s area of service.
A demand letter dated January 19, 2021 was provided to the District and claims the District’s current process of electing Board of Education members through an At-Large Election System violates the California Voting Rights Act (“CVRA”). The demand letter contends the District’s election process “may be occurring by polarized voting,” and threatens litigation if the District does not adopt a By-Trustee Election System. Under a By-Trustee Election System, CVUSD’s area of service is divided into five trustee areas that appropriately represent Chino Valley residents. Registered voters residing in each trustee area are able to elect their Board of Education representative by voting for a candidate that resides in the same trustee area.
On March 4, 2021, during the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education adopted a resolution asserting the District’s commitment to transitioning from an At-Large Election System to a By-Trustee Election System.
Over the course of 90 days and in accordance with Election Code Section 10010, the District will oversee a series of public hearings to solicit community input on the creation of proposed election trustee areas for Board of Education appointments. Community members are also welcomed to submit comments online through the District website. Resident participation and timely feedback during the upcoming public hearings is essential to establishing a successful By-Trustee Election System. CVUSD’s Board of Education and Executive Cabinet aspires to guarantee the proposed trustee geographical areas reflect communities of interest and Chino Valley residents are fully represented in the process.
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for additional information regarding the process of establishing trustee areas and a By-Trustee Elections System.