PLIZANTAN – The Council of the United School District of Pleasanton (PUSD) unanimously voted for a map of the boundaries of the Trusted Territory at its meeting on March 24.
The card will take effect with the election cycle in November 2022.
The map was the fourth of five scenarios considered. The board narrowed the field from five cards to two during the March 10 meeting and then made its final choice of card 4 on March 24. Trustees are currently elected in general elections, where each member is elected by voters throughout the constituency. From this year, trustees will be elected by voters in the district’s geographic units.
“I think we had a good process,” PUSD Vice President Steve Maher said of the way he has ruled so far. “I think the people who needed to be heard were heard, I think it divided the district in a way that would represent the whole district.”
The council began the process of dividing the district into five oblasts during its meeting on October 14, 2021. The following month, the council began holding public hearings to gather opinions on how units should be portrayed, giving people time to express their thoughts and opinions. The Davis Demographic Division was involved to help create lines that divided the area’s population equally. Proxy Joan Larsson said the division of the district into areas is a positive step.
“I think it was good to have departments that would represent the community in leadership,” she said during the meeting.
The first draft maps were posted on the district’s website in January, and additional hearings were held to gather public opinion, including a community mapping workshop in March. Each of the five scenario maps included Large Zone 1, roughly bounded by the western PUSD border to Highway 580 along Hopard Avenue and Highway 680 to the southern border. Zone 1 includes Foothill High School; Zone 2 runs along the northern part of the district and includes Hart High School; Zone 3 begins south of Zone 2 on Las Pasitas Boulevard and includes the district center, including Amador High School; Zone 4 includes the region east of the Santa Rita Road; and Zone 5 includes residences in the southern part of the district east of 680. The main difference between Maps 4 and 5 was the small buildings north of Stoneridge Drive and east of Arroyo Road. In the selected scenario 4, this district has moved to proxy zone 2 instead of 4.
After approval by the district committee and submission to the district voter registrar, the card will take effect for the November 2022 election cycle. For more information, visit prijatnonusd.net.