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CVRA By-Trustee Area Election

The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Board of Education ("District") is currently elected under an "at-large" election system, where trustees are elected by voters of the entire District. Trustees are elected in even-numbered years and serve staggered, four-year terms.

Cities, public entities, and other school districts have recently had their at-large election systems challenged under the California Voting Rights Act. These situations have resulted in expensive and divisive litigation. On April 10, 2018, the Board adopted Resolution No. 15-2017-2018, Intent to Initiate Transition from At-Large to By-Trustee Area Elections for the 2022 Governing Board Election. As provided in Resolution No. 15-2017-2018, the Board intended to wait until the release of the 2020 Census data, scheduled for March 2021, and then im­mediately begin the transition process.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic-related delays, the 2020 Census data is not ex­pected to be made available to state and local agencies until September 30, 2021. In anticipation of the release of the 2020 Census data, the District is now initiating the transition to by-trustee elections.

Meeting/Important Dates

September 14, 2021 - Pre-Draft Hearing #1

October 12, 2021 - Pre-Draft Hearing #2

November 23, 2021 - Draft Maps Posted to District Website

November 30, 2021 - Draft Hearing #1

December 14, 2021 - Draft Hearing #2

January 11, 2022 - Map Adoption



NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District is committed to ensuring equal, fair, and meaningful access to employment and education services. The SMJUHSD does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis and/or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics of age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, ethnic group identifications, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital, family or parental status, medical condition, military or veteran status, nationality, national origin, immigration status, political affiliation, pregnancy and related conditions, race, religion, retaliation, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by California state and federal nondiscrimination laws respectively. Not all bases of discrimination will apply to both education services and employment. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, immediately contact the District’s Discrimination, Equity and Title IX Compliance Officer Mr. Kevin R. Platt at 2560 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93455, (805) 922-4573 or kplatt@smjuhsd.org. You may request a copy of SMJUHSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures, Non-Discrimination Policies, Sexual Harassment Policies or click here.

Los programas, las actividades, las prácticas y el empleo de SMJUHSD prohíben la discriminación, incluido el acoso discriminatorio, la intimidación y el acoso por motivos de raza o etnia, color, ascendencia, nacionalidad, origen nacional, identificaciones de grupo étnico, edad, religión, matrimonio, familia o padres reales o percibidos. estado, discapacidad física o mental, sexo, orientación sexual, género, identidad de género, expresión de género o información genética o asociación con una persona o grupo con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. Si cree que ha sido objeto de discriminación, acoso, intimidación o acoso, comuníquese de inmediato con el Oficial de Discriminación, Equidad y Cumplimiento del Título IX del Distrito, el Sr.Kevin R. Platt en 2560 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93455, (805) 922 -4573 o kplatt@smjuhsd.org<mailto:kplatt@smjuhsd.org>. Puede solicitar una copia de los Procedimientos uniformes de quejas, las políticas de no discriminación, las políticas de acoso sexual de SMJUHSD .