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SMFCSD School Board "By-Trustee Area" Election system

At the August 26, 2021 meeting of the Board of Trustees, the San Mateo-Foster City School District adopted Map 209 to establish by-Trustee Area Elections.

At their meeting on Thursday, June 10, 2021, the Board of Trustees of the San Mateo-Foster City School District (SMFCSD) approved a Resolution No. 34/20-21 affirming their intention to transition from at-large to a by-trustee area election system. Public hearings inviting the public to provide input are listed below.

Board members of the San Mateo-Foster City School District School Board are currently elected “at-large” meaning that candidates are required to reside within given areas of the cities of San Mateo and Foster City and the voters of the cities of San Mateo and Foster City elect the candidates to the Board. A “by-trustee area” election, wherein one candidate residing in each trustee area is elected by only the registered voters in that particular trustee area, ensures compliance with the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA).

Letter to SMFCSD from Scott J. Rafferty -- Conducting Elections by Trustee Area

Please find the letter from Scott J. Rafferty re: Conducting Elections by Trustee Area.

Upcoming Public Meetings - Proposed trustee voting area draft maps

Three meetings will be held to receive community comments and public testimony concerning proposed trustee voting area maps. The draft maps and related demographic data are available in the "Maps" tab below and can also be viewed at this interactive review map.

The Board encourages comments and participation at the Public Hearings.

First Public Meeting on Proposed Trustee Voting Areas

Friday, August 6, 2021, 5:30 pm, via Zoom

Second Public Meeting on Proposed Trustee Voting Areas

Monday, August 16, 2021, 5:30 pm, via Zoom

Third Public Meeting on Proposed Trustee Voting Areas

This meeting will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2021, 6:30 pm, at Regular Meeting of the SMFCSD Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees will host this meeting from the District Office Board Room at 1170 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404. The public may attend this meeting in person or via Zoom. Please go to the Board Agendas & Minutes webpage for participation information. 

Submit Comments and Ask Questions

In addition to providing feedback at one of the public hearings you may submit your comments on SMFCSD School Board Transition to By-Trustee Area Elections via this Google Form.

If you have questions, you may also contact the Superintendent's Office at 650-312-7348 or submit your questions through this Google Form

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