The Perris Union High School District is taking its first step towards a new election process that will provide better opportunity for minority representation on its Board of Trustees.
A letter from Board President Eric Kroencke was emailed to community members last week announcing that the district will be switching from at-large to trustee area elections.
Included in his message was a schedule of public hearings that will provide information about the transition and solicit input from voters within the district as new boundaries are drawn.
Meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at each of Perris’s four feeder districts:
- Sept. 14, Romoland School District Board Room in Homeland at 25900 Leon Road.
- Oct. 5, Perris Union High School District Board Room in Perris at 155 East Fourth Street.
- Oct. 24, Nuview Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room in Nuevo at 29680 Lakeview Avenue.
- Nov. 9, Menifee Union School District Board Room in Menifee at 30205 Menifee Road.
The change from at-large to trustee area elections is being made to align with the California Voting Rights Act and to strengthen the minority vote for the board’s next election in 2012.
The board’s current election method makes it difficult for an ethnic minority to be elected because it requires the candidate to secure votes from the city as a whole. Trustee area elections will divide the district into four regions where voters will select a candidate within their designated boundaries. Perris and Menifee will have two trustees each, while Romoland and Nuevo will be combined to have one representative.
The board is set to adopt a trustee area plan by the end of this year and would like the public to be involved every step of the way. Contact Linda Quattlebaum at email@example.com or by phone at (951) 943-6369, ext. 126 to stay up-to-date with the districting process.