PYLUSD Abandoning At Large District Trustee Elections

The PYLUSD school board has announced as of September 12, 2017, a new school board trustee area election map will be placed into effect in response to the increasing number of California districts abandoning “at large” board elections, according to edweek.org.

California school boards have seen an exponential rise in lawsuits concerning underrepresentation of certain communities on school boards as a result of “at large” elections which do not limit representation from any one community.

“California has seen a number of lawsuits challenging local at-large electoral systems, a situation that has pushed school districts throughout the state to consider the racial and ethnic diversity of their boards and whether voting in their communities is racially polarized,” stated Nora Fleming, in a report by edweek.org.

This new map will filter who can be elected from any one community or  “district.” The basic idea is that the area map will show the borders of the districts in California. Then, as elections are run, the new board members cannot be from the same district. By-trustee area voting will be in place for the 2018 General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018,” stated Dr. Plutko.

This change will help to ensure that school board decisions may be impartial, In this way all the schools will be more equally represented according to pylusd.org. “In moving forward, the district will hold two additional public hearings in order to collect community feedback on proposed trustee area maps,” stated PYLUSD Superintendent Dr. Greg Plutko.

The area maps can be found at http://www.pylusd.org/bytrusteearea/, and  are on public display at the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District office by the Board Room (1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia, CA 92870) and at the Professional Development Academy (4999 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda, CA 92886), according to pylusd.org.