BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County High School District Board of Trustees discussed proposed boundary lines in hopes of gaining more Latino representation on the board.
Trustees met Monday night and heard a proposal from the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Gerald Cantu, Education Policy Director and Sophia Garcia, GIS Coordinator of the Dolores Huerta Foundation presented the organization’s proposed best practices and district maps to the KHSD’s Board of Trustees.
In a press release from DHF it said, "The Dolores Huerta Foundation stresses the significance of aligning the creation of new trustee boundaries with the following best practices in order of importance: equal population among districts, geographic compactness, line contiguity, preservation of local political subdivisions, the preservation of communities of interest, and the protection of incumbents."
A demographics expect for the district also proposed several maps that all added a second Latino majority district. They also kept trustees in the respective districts.
In March, trustees voted to redraw lines in the face of a potential lawsuit by the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which claimed gerrymandering by the district to exclude Latino representation in districts.
The public is invited to provide their input on the new voting lines at a special meeting on April 16 at 7 p.m.