CUSD Governing Board to hold public hearing on trustee area maps, reschedule board elections
Castaic Union School District Building. Dan Watson/The Signal
By Christina Cox
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Members of the Castaic Union School District (CUSD) Governing Board will approve a resolution to reschedule board election years and will conduct a public hearing to present proposed trustee voting area maps at its Thursday meeting.

At its public hearing, the board will take testimony and comments from the community about the proposed trustee voting area plans associated with the district’s transition to a by-trustee area election system.

The by-trustee election system was used this year in the November elections for the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees and the Saugus Union School District Governing Board.

In the proposed Green, Blue and Red Drafts of trustee areas, the Castaic voting areas are separated into five trustee voting areas of A through E.

Each proposed draft addresses the voting areas’ total population, voting age population, citizen voting age population, voter registration, voter turnout as of November 2014 and November 2012, ACS population estimate, age, immigration, language spoken at home, language fluency, education, children, work population, household income and housing stats.

The board is also expected to approve a resolution to reschedule board member elections from odd years to even years, beginning with the 2018 governing board election.

With the change in election years, the CUSD board will align with California Senate Bill 415, “California Voter Participation Rights Act,” which takes effect Jan. 1, 2018.

The bill prohibits local governments from holding election dates different from state wide elections if “the voter turnout in in past local elections has resulted in a significant decrease in voter turnout.”

In CUSD, only 2,088 ballots were cast out of 11,313 registered voters in 2015, resulting in an 18 percent voter turnout and a violation of the soon-to-be instituted Voter Participation Rights Act, according to a report from the National Demographics Coporation.

To avoid litigation and increase voter participation, the board will approve a resolution to move the board election dates to the same years of statewide elections.

This change will also alter board member terms.  Terms expected to expire in November 2017 will extend to November 2018 and terms expiring in November 2019 will extend to November 2020.

For current board members, this means that the terms of Susan Christopher, Fred Malcomb, Laura Pearson and Victor Torres will extend to 2018, and the term of Stacy Dobbs will extend to 2020.

Additional Agenda Items:

ccox@signalscv.com
661-287-5575
On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

About the author

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.

Castaic Union School District Building. Dan Watson/The Signal

CUSD Governing Board to hold public hearing on trustee area maps, reschedule board elections

Members of the Castaic Union School District (CUSD) Governing Board will approve a resolution to reschedule board election years and will conduct a public hearing to present proposed trustee voting area maps at its Thursday meeting.

At its public hearing, the board will take testimony and comments from the community about the proposed trustee voting area plans associated with the district’s transition to a by-trustee area election system.

The by-trustee election system was used this year in the November elections for the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees and the Saugus Union School District Governing Board.

In the proposed Green, Blue and Red Drafts of trustee areas, the Castaic voting areas are separated into five trustee voting areas of A through E.

Each proposed draft addresses the voting areas’ total population, voting age population, citizen voting age population, voter registration, voter turnout as of November 2014 and November 2012, ACS population estimate, age, immigration, language spoken at home, language fluency, education, children, work population, household income and housing stats.

The board is also expected to approve a resolution to reschedule board member elections from odd years to even years, beginning with the 2018 governing board election.

With the change in election years, the CUSD board will align with California Senate Bill 415, “California Voter Participation Rights Act,” which takes effect Jan. 1, 2018.

The bill prohibits local governments from holding election dates different from state wide elections if “the voter turnout in in past local elections has resulted in a significant decrease in voter turnout.”

In CUSD, only 2,088 ballots were cast out of 11,313 registered voters in 2015, resulting in an 18 percent voter turnout and a violation of the soon-to-be instituted Voter Participation Rights Act, according to a report from the National Demographics Coporation.

To avoid litigation and increase voter participation, the board will approve a resolution to move the board election dates to the same years of statewide elections.

This change will also alter board member terms.  Terms expected to expire in November 2017 will extend to November 2018 and terms expiring in November 2019 will extend to November 2020.

For current board members, this means that the terms of Susan Christopher, Fred Malcomb, Laura Pearson and Victor Torres will extend to 2018, and the term of Stacy Dobbs will extend to 2020.

Additional Agenda Items:

  • Election of board members to the office of president, clerk, presiding officer in absence of president and clerk
  • Selection of board members to serve as representatives to the County Committee on School District Organization and  to the Special Education Liaison Committee (SELPA)
  • Presentation from Castaic Elementary School Principal Stephanie Beach on her recent trip to China
  • Establish date, time and place for the proposed 2017 Board of Trustees meetings
  • Announce the receipt of the 2016-2017 Initial Proposal For Bargaining from the California Teachers Association (CTA) and “sunshine” the proposal at the public meeting
  • First reading to adopt revised board policies and administrative regulations: Uniform Complaint Procedures; Temporary Modified/Light-Duty Assignment; Temporary/Substitute Personnel (Certificated); Staff Development (Certificated); Personal Illness/Injury Leave (Classified); Bullying; and Asthma Management

ccox@signalscv.com
661-287-5575
On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

About the author

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.

Upcoming Events

Jan
12
Fri
all-day Domes – Art Exhibit @ Old Town Newhall Library
Domes – Art Exhibit @ Old Town Newhall Library
Jan 12 – May 11 all-day
Domes - Art Exhibit @ Old Town Newhall Library | Santa Clarita | California | United States
Local resident Naomi Young, is the artist featured in the latest exhibit at the Old Town Newhall Library. The exhibit features original paintings and multimedia by Young, an artist born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel,[...]
Feb
1
Thu
all-day “The Golden Oaks of Santa Clarit... @ Valencia Library
“The Golden Oaks of Santa Clarit... @ Valencia Library
Feb 1 – Jun 1 all-day
“The Golden Oaks of Santa Clarita,” Art Exhibit @ Valencia Library  | Santa Clarita | California | United States
“THE GOLDEN OAKS OF SANTA CLARITA” ART EXHIBIT BY BRAD SERGI ON DISPLAY AT THE VALENCIA LIBRARY Library hours: Mon-Thu 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 5[...]
Feb
14
Wed
all-day Tickets Available Now for 41st A... @ Dodger Stadium
Tickets Available Now for 41st A... @ Dodger Stadium
Feb 14 – May 12 all-day
Tickets Available Now for 41st Annual SCV Dodger Day @ Dodger Stadium | Los Angeles | California | United States
SANTA CLARITA DODGER DAY TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Tickets Start at $25 and Benefit Local Schools and Non-Profits It’s time to step up to the plate! The Santa Clarita City Council invites residents to purchase[...]
Apr
19
Thu
all-day Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Co... @ Event Locations Vary
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Co... @ Event Locations Vary
Apr 19 – Apr 22 all-day
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR COWBOY FESTIVAL CONCERTS – Locations, Times & Prices Vary 25th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival offers ticketed performances and special events Get ready for some toe-tapping, two-stepping, guitar-picking musical performances![...]
Apr
20
Fri
all-day Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Co... @ Event Locations Vary
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Co... @ Event Locations Vary
Apr 20 – Apr 23 all-day
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR COWBOY FESTIVAL CONCERTS – Locations, Times & Prices Vary 25th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival offers ticketed performances and special events Get ready for some toe-tapping, two-stepping, guitar-picking musical performances![...]
7:00 pm Hart High School Presents ‘Bye, ... @ Hart High school Auditorium
Hart High School Presents ‘Bye, ... @ Hart High school Auditorium
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm
Hart High School Presents 'Bye, Bye Birdie' @ Hart High school Auditorium | Santa Clarita | California | United States
Spring Musical Coming April 2018! Hart High Theatre is proud to present Bye Bye Birdie! April 19, 20, 27 & 28 @ 7pm April 28 & 29 @ 1pm When the draft selects rock star[...]
Apr
21
Sat
all-day Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Co... @ Event Locations Vary
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Co... @ Event Locations Vary
Apr 21 – Apr 24 all-day
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR COWBOY FESTIVAL CONCERTS – Locations, Times & Prices Vary 25th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival offers ticketed performances and special events Get ready for some toe-tapping, two-stepping, guitar-picking musical performances![...]
10:00 am Astronomy Day @ Valencia Library
Astronomy Day @ Valencia Library
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
The Local Group Astronomy Club and The Santa Clarita Public Library present our free annual Astronomy Day Celebration. We will be at the Valencia branch of the Santa Clarita Public Library from 10am to 3pm.[...]
10:00 am Resource Parents Needed to Foste... @ College of the Canyons, Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 222
Resource Parents Needed to Foste... @ College of the Canyons, Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 222
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Resource Parents Needed to Foster or Foster-Adopt a Child @ College of the Canyons, Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 222 | Santa Clarita | California | United States
Adoption is a meaningful way for individuals and couples to fulfill their dream of parenting.  There are approximately 64,000 children in foster care in California.  Los Angeles County’s foster care population exceeds 21,000 children with[...]
10:00 am The City of Lancaster’s 27th Ann... @ Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park
The City of Lancaster’s 27th Ann... @ Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The City of Lancaster’s 27th Annual California Poppy Festival, Sat & Sun @ Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park | Lancaster | California | United States
On April 21 and 22, the City of Lancaster will host the 27th annual California Poppy Festival™ at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park (43063 10th Street West). Drawing more than 40,000 attendees and spanning 35[...]