The El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees has adopted a final trustee map – NDC Green 3 – and sequence of elections as it prepares to transition from an at-large to by-trustee area election process beginning in November 2022.
The Board made its decision during a meeting on Feb. 2, following a series of community open houses and public hearings where comments and input were received from the public.
The final trustee area map will be presented to the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization for consideration in the coming months. The County Committee will hold at least one public hearing (date to be determined) before a final approval.
“We want to thank our entire District community and the public for their interest and participation in this historic process for El Monte Union,” Superintendent Dr. Edward Zuniga said. “We remain committed to the empowerment of our students, continued collaboration with families and community members and ensuring that our actions are based on what is best for our students and families throughout the entire District.”
The NDC Green 3 Map creates trustee voting areas that follow major transportation links and roads while balancing Board criteria. Each trustee area will encompass portions of at least two high school attendance areas.
The Arroyo High School attendance area falls under Trustee Areas 1, 2 and 3; South El Monte High School falls under Areas 4 and 5; Rosemead High School falls under Areas 1 and 3; Mountain View High School falls under Areas 2 and 4; and El Monte High School falls under Areas 2, 3, 4, and 5.
The first election under the by-trustee area voting model will take place in November 2022 beginning with Areas 3, 4 and 5. Areas 1 and 2 will be up for election in 2024.
Residents will vote for a single Board of Trustees candidate residing in their newly drawn trustee area.
The District formation process began in May 2021 and was led by professional demographers and a legal team to ensure the maps under consideration met legal and regulatory criteria, and a public involvement team to ensure the process was inclusive and transparent.
The process included two community information sessions in May 2021, five community open houses in October 2021, seven public hearings, six community pop-up events, six community group presentations, opportunities to meet with the mapping team and featured a dedicated website EMUHSD District Formation Process.