• Update: FCUSD Message: By-Trustee redistricting process

    December 6, 2021

    Dear FCUSD Community,

    With recent data gathered from the 2020 Census, the District’s By-Trustee Areas must be redistricted. Please keep reading for more information, and visit our website here: www.fcusd.org/TrusteeRedistricting

     Background

    The Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) completed the process to transition from at-large to by-trustee area elections at the June 4, 2020, Board meeting, and after a months-long process that involved multiple Board meetings and community input. 

    Details chronicling the timeline and decision-making process for 2020 can be found on our website here. 

    Data from the United States census forms the basis of how trustee area boundaries will be drawn. Every ten years, after the U.S. Census data is released, school districts are required to evaluate whether their current trustee areas have approximately equal populations using the new census data. In June of 2020, the available census data was from 2010. With the newly released 2020 Census data, FCUSD has begun the process of evaluating each of its trustee areas for population balance. 

    By-Trustee structure

    FCUSD has five (5) trustee areas and with the change to by-trustee area elections, each of the trustees is required to reside within a defined trustee area and each trustee is elected only by voters in that trustee area. This type of voting is referred to as by-trustee area or by-district voting. 

    Note: Although voting is done by-trustee area, all elected Board members are elected to serve the entire District. 

    The difference in population between the smallest and largest trustee area must be less than 10%. If the total peak variation exceeds 10% then trustee area boundaries will need to be adjusted. This process is referred to as redistricting. Trustee areas must be made as equal in population as possible and practicable to provide equal access to political representation consistent with the one person, one vote constitutional principle. 

    2020 Census Data 

    Based on the assessment of 2020 Census data, the variance between the smallest and largest Board trustee areas is 22.3%; therefore, the Board's current trustee area boundaries must be adjusted through the redistricting process to balance the population.

    IMPORTANT: The redistricting process is governed by the U.S. Constitution, federal law, and California law. 

    ***Please note that redistricting applies to voting areas only and does not impact school attendance boundaries***

    FCUSD is working with professional demographers, Davis Demographics, to draft and revise maps for consideration by the public and the Trustees. Proposed “revised maps” will ensure appropriate population balance and will incorporate feedback received by the Trustees and the community. Members of the public will be able to provide input about boundaries, as well as possible revisions of maps.

    Trustee Area Maps

    Part of this multifaceted election system transition includes the public posting and review of draft Trustee Area maps as they are prepared and presented to the Board.  The following links are provided for members of the public to review the draft maps as they are developed:

    Existing Trustee Area Map

    Proposed Trustee Area Scenario #1

    Proposed Trustee Area Scenario #2

    Proposed Trustee Area Scenario #3

    Interactive Trustee Area Map Viewer 

    Tip: The maps are best viewed on a full screen (i.e., laptop or desktop computer). When viewing the maps under the layer tool, be sure to toggle the maps on and off by clicking once for on and then again for off. Having multiple maps selected will result in an overlapping display of the maps. You may also zoom out to see details of the maps, including the Schools tab which, when zoomed out, will display school site names.

    Next steps

    The Board of Trustees will ultimately adopt a resolution establishing revised trustee boundaries by February 28, 2022, the deadline established by law. After the adoption of a new map, it will be sent to the County Superintendent of Schools and the County Registrar of Voters. The County Registrars of Voters will then adjust precinct boundaries before the filing deadline for the November 2022 trustee election. 

    The proposed timeline, below, includes multiple Board meetings and dedicated time for community input to meet statutory deadlines for map adjustments following the release of the 2020 Census Data. These deadlines and the procedures outlined below are subject to change.

    Trustees, Trustee areas, and terms of office:

    • Area 1: Josh Hoover (2022)
    • Area 2: Tim Hooey (2024)
    • Area 3: David Reid (2022)
    • Area 4: Chris Clark (2024)
    • Area 5: Ed Short (2022)

    Proposed Timeline*

    December 6, 2021

    Draft maps posted on District website.  Information will also be shared in community and staff outreach communications.

    December 16, 2021
    Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting

    Demographers present 2020 Census data and map options to balance population, along with key demographic data.  Community and Board feedback.

    January 20, 2022
    Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting

    Board considers input and map possibilities. Demographer present to answer any outstanding questions.  Community and Board feedback. Potential map adoption.  

    Optional
    February 3, 2022
    Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting

    In case the Board determines it is not in a position to vote at the January 20, 2022, Board meeting, the Board can consider adoption on February 3, 2022.

    Optional
    February 17, 2022
    Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting

    In case the Board determines it is not in a position to vote at the January 20, 2022, or February 3, 2022, Board meetings, the Board can consider adoption on February 17, 2022.

    February 2022

    Send final resolution and map to the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters and the Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools.

    February 28, 2022
    Statutory Deadline

    Statutory deadline for completion of the redistricting process.

    July 6, 2022
    Statutory Deadline

    Deadline for the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters to complete implementation of the new map.

    November 8, 2022

    Election of trustees using new map.

     * These deadlines and the procedures outlined above are subject to change.