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FRC/PUSD joint meeting Jan. 20 focuses on new trustee areas

By Debra Moore

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Who will be your next representative on the school board or the college board? That could depend on how the new trustee area are redrawn following the 2020 Census.

The next joint meeting of Feather River College and the Plumas Unified School District is this Thursday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. Following the the joint agenda, each entity will proceed with its own meeting.

Links to board agendas and attachments:

FRC Agendas

PUSD Agendas

Zoom link    Note: this link will not be live until 1/20/22 at 3 pm.

The public will also have a chance to weigh in during two additional short 30-minute public comment opportunities:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 18, from 6 – 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 6  – 6:30 pm

They can be accessed via zoom here

A little history

Feather River College and Plumas Unified School District (as well as the Plumas County Office of education) will be changing their trustee area boundaries, but the schools are making another transition as well — how trustees are elected.

Currently, a trustee must reside in a trustee area, but they are elected at large. There are five trustee areas for the college and school district (just as with the five county supervisorial districts). Both are now changing the election process so that a trustee is elected only by the voters in that trustee area, just as a supervisor is elected only by the voters in their district.

To accomplish this changeover, the college and school district boards of trustees are conducting joint meetings and public hearings, and they are being assisted with the endeavor by the same firm that guided the board of supervisors — FLO Analytics. This is convenient since the firm knows the county’s population centers, geography and topography — though there is a slight difference. A portion of the far eastern part of Plumas County is part of the Plumas-Sierra Joint Unified School District, which skews the population a bit when compared to the county supervisorial districts.

The FRC and PUSD trustees also met in a joint session Dec. 8. and Jan. 5 — both also served as public hearings.  The trustees listened to a presentation by FLO analytics and then opened the hearing to public comment. There was none. This was similar to the board of supervisors’ experience where there was very little comment on the process.

Just as with the new supervisorial districts, the trustee areas have guidelines to follow:

Must have reasonably equal population

Must not be gerrymandered

Must not deny votes on account of race/color

Should be compact

Should be contiguous

Should observe communities of interest

Should use identifiable boundaries such as streets, topography

Ideally, the county’s population is divided by five with an equal number of residents divided by each trustee area. That usually isn’t possible due to a number of reasons, so it’s mandated that the range can’t be greater than 10 percent, and entities should strive for a less-than-5-percent differential. Plumas County’s final map has a deviation of 3.3 percent.

 

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