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Five Map Options Under Consideration for New System of Electing Board Members
Posted 11/13/19

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November 13, 2019 at 8:38 am

Dear Fremont Community:

Additional Map Option for Consideration and Updates - 

The District’s demographer has created an additional map, Plan 5, following public feedback provided at the District’s October 30, 2019 public hearing.  Plan 5 joins Plans 1-4 as options currently under consideration by the District’s Governing Board.  Plan 5 attempts to keep as many elementary school attendance boundaries intact as possible – though it is not possible to keep all elementary school boundaries intact and still maintain required population equality per Trustee Area.   Plan 5, like the other options, meets the equal population requirement and increases the voting power of the largest protected classes in the District (Hispanic/Latino; Asian; and African American) by Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP/eligible voters) in at least two Trustee Areas per map based on up-to-date CVAP statistics compared to District-wide averages.  Additionally, Plan 5 creates three Asian majority areas per map by CVAP.  This Plan also keeps the Mission San Jose area together.  

The District also received comments regarding attempting to calculate how many students presently live in each Trustee Area per map option.  Since attendance areas are often split amongst multiple Trustee Areas, it will be difficult to determine exactly how many students from each Trustee Area currently attend which schools.  Importantly, student attendance is not one of the legal criteria for consideration when preparing and selecting a map option for this transition.  The most important population information, and top criteria, is total population equality per Trustee Area (within a permissible 10% variance).  All Plans meet this requirement. 

The District also received feedback regarding whether it was possible to further spread the American HS attendance area (in Trustee Area 1 on all Plans) amongst more Trustee Areas.  The northwestern corner of the District (the American HS attendance area) is densely populated and wraps around the northern portion of Newark.  There are approximately 52,000 people living within the American HS attendance boundary.  To achieve population equality, the District’s Trustee Areas need to contain approximately 42,800 people per area.  This, along with the requirement that each Area be geographically contiguous, makes it difficult to stretch Trustee Area 1 to reach outside of the American HS attendance area while still maintaining relative geographical compactness.

Each map option for consideration:

  1. Meets the equal population requirement (that each trustee area have equal population with up to a 10% variance);
  2. Increases the voting power of the largest protected classes in the District (Hispanic/Latino; Asian; and African American) by Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP/eligible voters) in at least two Trustee Areas per map based on up-to-date CVAP statistics compared to District-wide averages;
  3. Creates minimum of two Asian majority areas per map by CVAP;
  4. Complies with the Federal Voting Rights Act;
  5. Respects communities of interest as much as possible;
  6. Is compact and contiguous as much as possible; and
  7. Follows man-made and natural geographic features as much as possible.

Draft Map 1 (pdf) | Draft Map 2 (pdf) | Draft Map 3 (pdf) | Draft Map 4 (pdf) | Draft Map 5 (pdf) | All Draft Maps (pdf)

menu 5 Draft Maps Available Via Interactive Map

As a reminder, the District will hold two additional public hearings regarding the map options:

November 20, 2019 – 2nd Public Hearing regarding Map Options at 7:00 p.m. during the Governing Board meeting at the District Office Board Room (4210 Technology Drive, Fremont, CA 94538)

December 10, 2019 – 3rd Public Hearing regarding Map Options at 7:00 p.m. and adopt map option during the Governing Board meeting at the District Office Board Room (4210 Technology Drive, Fremont, CA 94538)

The Fremont community is invited to attend as many meetings and public hearings as you would like. If you cannot attend and wish to review and/or comment regarding the proposed map options under consideration, please submit your comments and feedback to Brian Killgore, at bkillgore@fusdk12.net. All map preference feedback will be relayed to the Board prior to its discussion and adoption of a map option.

We look forward to your continued participation.

Sincerely,
Kim Wallace, Ed.D
Superintendent