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KHSD begins process of redistricting

Posted at 8:49 AM, Mar 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-20 03:36:02-04

The Kern High School District Board of Trustees discussed how they would incorporate updated demographic data and comply with voting rights laws, as they begin the process of drawing new voting boundaries.

The move to redistrict comes after a threat of litigation from the Dolores Huerta Foundation. 

Since the last time voting lines were drawn in 2011, District 3 has grown from 47% to 51% Latino.

With a Latino majority in Districts 2 and 3, trustees must preserve those majorities as they re-draw boundaries.

During Monday night's special meeting, the board listened to public comment from parents and community members who asked that the new boundaries keep communities cohesive.

The Dolores Huerta foundation pointed out that Oildale, Rosedale, and Lamont are some of KHSD's communities that are split up under current boundaries.

Trustees approved criteria for changing the boundaries at Monday's meeting.

Voting boundaries will be addressed at the districts' next regular meeting on April 8.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation says they will present their ideas for boundary lines at that meeting.

KHSD has proposed a timeline to adjust trustee areas with a deadline to approve new boundaries in May.