Representatives to the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education have historically been elected through an at-large election. This resolution would begin the process to develop trustee areas and transition to elections by trustee areas.
Under state law, an at-large method of election may be deemed to impair the ability of some voters to elect candidates of their choice or to influence the outcome of elections and, therefore, may be subject to challenge under the California Voting Rights Act of 2001, California Elections Code §§ 14025, et seq. (“CVRA”).
In order to ensure compliance with the CVRA or, at minimum, avoid the potential for costly litigation under the CVRA, the Board of Trustees will consider Resolution #18-05, Initiate the Process of Establishing Trustee Areas and Elections By-Trustee Areas. The resolution will initiate the legal and regulatory process to establish trustee areas within the District, as provided in Education Code section 5019; changing the method of electing members of the Board, from the current at-large system, to a method which provides that Board members residing in each trustee area will be elected by the registered voters of that particular trustee area (Education Code 5030(b))
The process of establishing trustee areas and transitioning to a by-trustee area election method will require public input, multiple public hearings, and the involvement of the San Bernardino County Committee on School District Organization, as well as potentially seeking and obtaining a waiver of the requirement for an election from the State Board of Education. The first public hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at 6:00 pm, the second will be held on Tuesday, December 12, at 7:00 pm. These two public hearings will both be held at Joshua Tree Elementary School, 4950 Sunburst, Joshua Tree, CA 92252.