SAN BERNARDINO —The San Bernardino County Committee on School District Organization voted unanimously to keep the current County Board of Education trustee area boundaries for 10 more years. On Sept. 29 and again on Nov. 17, the County Committee reviewed and considered data from the 2020 Federal Population Census and determined current trustee areas do not need to be adjusted.

“I want to thank the members of the County Committee for all of the work they have done to go through the Census data and vote on the boundaries for the County Board of Education,” said County Superintendent Ted Alejandre. “They looked carefully at the data to make the best decision moving forward.”

The County Committee considered that each trustee area contained nearly equal number of inhabitants, was compact and contiguous, respected communities of interest and followed man-made and natural geographic features among other considerations.

“Although 2020 Census data showed a 7.2 percent growth in the county’s population, the deviation between trustee areas in the current boundaries was just 4.0 percent, which was well within the requirements of state and federal law,” stated governance consultant Dennis Mobley.

Jay Muñoz, chairman for the County Committee, was pleased with the outcome and noted that effectively following school district boundaries maintains a high level of community interest in each trustee area. The County Committee voted after a public hearing.

The San Bernardino County Committee on School District Organization is charged by state law to consider adjusting trustee area boundaries for the County Board of Education following each decennial federal census. Population figures validated by the Demographic Research Unit of the California Department of Finance are used. The adjustments, if needed, ensure that the population of each trustee area is proportional and that the trustee areas meet all of the other conditions identified in state and federal voting laws.

The 11-member committee also deals with school district organization issues including changes to the number of district trustees, trustee area boundaries, school district boundary changes and unifications.

The five trustee area boundaries will be reviewed again after the 2030 Census.

Current boundaries for the San Bernardino County Board of Education are posted at sbcss.k12.ca.us/index.php/governance/county-board-of-education/trustees.

Highland falls within Trustee Area D, represented by Mike Gallo, and Trustee Area E, represented by Andrea De Leon. Trustee Area D is west of Boulder Avenue while Area E is east of Boulder.

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