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El Monte Union Board of Trustees Selects Trustee Area Map, Finalizes Election Sequence

EL MONTE – 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.

  • Trustee Area 1 is in the west edge of the District and includes the areas of north El Monte.
  • Trustee Area 2 runs along the eastern quarter of the District mostly in El Monte.
  • Trustee Area 3 is located north and south of the I-10 freeway and includes Rosemead and areas of El Monte.
  • Trustee Areas 4 and 5 run north/south parallel to each other along Tyler Ave. and includes primarily South El Monte in area 5 and parts of El Monte in area 4.

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.

For more information on the district formation process, visit emuhsd-by-area-trustees.com.

El Monte Union to Hold Final Public Hearing, Releases Revised Trustee Area Map

EL MONTE – El Monte Union High School District released an eighth draft trustee area map for public review ahead of its next Board of Trustees meeting and final public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 2. The maps were created to support the District’s transition from at-large to by-trustee area elections.

The newly released map – NDC Green 3 – was developed by professional demographers, National Demographics Corporation (NDC), based on comments received from the Board during the Jan. 5 public hearing. This map, includes a small revision to ensure the area bordered by Santa Anita Ave. on the west, Bryant Rd. on the north, Tyler Ave. on the east, and Valley Blvd. on the south is united in the proposed Trustee Area 3.

From the following three drafts: NDC Orange Map, NDC Yellow 2 Map, and the new NDC Green 3, the Board will consider and adopt a final map at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2. Comments will be received by the Board and the public is invited to attend the meeting in-person at the District Office Board Room or virtually at https://www.emuhsd.org/boardlive.

All maps are posted at the EMUHSD office and schools and will be displayed in the Board room prior to the next scheduled public hearing.

Following the Board’s selection of a final trustee area map, the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization will hold two public hearings (dates to be determined) for final review and approval of District’s final trustee area map and election sequence. The first by-trustee area elections for the El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees will be held in 2022.

For more information on the district formation process or to submit online comments, visit emuhsd-by-area-trustees.com.

El Monte Union High School District Narrows Trustee Area Maps Down to 3

EL MONTE – The El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees will move forward three draft trustee area maps for further consideration as the District transitions from at-large elections to trustee-area elections. The Board plans to select a final map for adoption at its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

Following comments during the Jan. 5 public hearing, as well as feedback taken during several community open houses and previous public hearings, the Board narrowed the number of draft maps for consideration following consensus to eliminate the NDC Yellow, NDC Green and NDC Green 2 maps and requested changes to NDC Green map to create a new NDC Green 3 Map.

The Board of Trustees will adopt a final map from the following three drafts: NDC Orange Map, NDC Yellow 2 Map, and a new NDC Green 3 which is being developed by professional demographers based on comments received from the Board during the recent public hearing.

The new draft map will be posted at EMUHSD high schools and District Office and displayed in the Board room prior to the next scheduled public hearing. The community is encouraged to review the remaining maps and continue submitting feedback online at the EMUHSD District Formation Process Website.

The Board of Trustees expects to select a final map during a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2 in the District Office Board Room, 3537 Johnson Ave., El Monte. The public is invited to attend in-person or virtually. Comments from the public will be received by the Board.

The final approved map is expected to be presented to the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization. The Committee will hold two public hearings (dates to be determined) for review and approval of EMUHSD’s final trustee area map and election sequence.

For more information on the district formation process, visit emuhsd-by-area-trustees.com.

El Monte Union to Hold Public Hearing, Board to Narrow Draft Maps

EL MONTE – El Monte Union High School District will hold its sixth public hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 5, as it nears the end of the mapping process in its transition to by-trustee area elections. A total of seven draft maps – indicating what trustee areas could look like – have been shared with the public. The Board of Trustees will begin to narrow the number of maps under consideration during the public hearing.

The Board will discuss draft maps developed by professional demographers, National Demographics Corporation (NDC), NDC Orange, NDC Green, NDC Green 2, NDC Yellow, and NDC Yellow 2 during the public hearing at the Board meeting beginning at 6 p.m. on Jan. 5. The public is invited to participate in-person or virtually and provide input on the proposed maps.

Comments can also be submitted online through the District’s dedicated webpage: EMUHSD District Formation Process. All maps are posted at EMUHSD high schools and the District office, and will be displayed in the Board room prior to each public hearing.

The Board will select a final map at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, during the last public hearing scheduled during the regular Board meeting. The approved map will then be presented to the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization for final approval.

Following the LA County Committee’s approval of the new map, the first by-trustee area elections for the El Monte Union High School District will be held in November 2022.

For more information on the district formation process, to sign-up to receive updates, view draft maps and send your input visit emuhsd-by-area-trustees.com. Additional comments or inquiries can be e-mailed to bytrustee.area@emuhsd.org.

El Monte Union By-Trustee Area Elections – Revised Draft Map Available for Input

El Monte Union High School District released an additional draft trustee area map for public review and comment. The District, like many other school districts and cities in the state, is in the process of changing how members of the Board of Trustees are elected to office. A total of seven draft maps of what trustee areas in the District could look like have been shared with the public.
 
Beginning in November 2022, registered voters will vote for a single Board of Trustees candidate residing in their newly drawn trustee area, comprised of one-fifth of the entire school district. Registered voters will not be able to vote for Board of Trustee candidates from trustee areas in which they do not reside.
 
Professional demographers, National Demographics Corporation (NDC), have developed – NDC Yellow 2 based on comments received from the Board during a public hearing on Dec. 8. This map, a modified version of the original NDC Yellow, moves a small part of Area 2 into Area 3 along the railroad west of Tyler Ave., creates more compact areas in the north, divides both Rosemead and Temple City and has attendance areas with at least two Trustees and all Trustees except Area 1 have portions of at least two attendance areas.
 
The Board will discuss the new map, and remaining draft maps – NDC Orange, NDC Green, NDC Green 2, and NDC Yellow – and begin to narrow the number of maps under consideration during a public hearing at the next Board meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5. The public is invited to participate in-person or virtually and provide input on the proposed maps.
 
Comments can also be submitted online through the District’s dedicated webpage: EMUHSD District Formation Process. All maps are posted at EMUHSD high schools and the District office, and will be displayed in the Board room prior to each public hearing.
 
El Monte Union is nearing the end of the district formation process and the Board will select a final map at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, during the last public hearing scheduled during the regular Board meeting. The approved map will then be presented to the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization for final approval.
 
For more information on the district formation process, to sign-up to receive updates, view draft maps and send your input visit emuhsd-by-area-trustees.com. Additional comments or inquiries can be e-mailed to bytrustee.area@emuhsd.org

El Monte Union to Hold Public Hearing, Discuss Draft Trustee Area Maps

EL MONTE El Monte Union High School District has released draft trustee area maps for the community to review and comment on as it moves toward shifting from at-large elections to by-trustee area elections.

Beginning in November 2022, residents will vote for a single Board of Trustees candidate residing in their newly drawn trustee area, comprised of one-fifth of the entire school district.

Three initial maps – NDC Green, NDC Purple, NDC Yellow and two additional maps, NDC Orange and NDC Purple 2 – were developed by professional demographers based on comments from public hearings. One map – NDC Purple 2 is a modified version of the initial NDC Purple map. All maps will be available for comment and displayed during a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3 at the next board meeting.

The public is urged to provide input regarding how the trustee areas are divided and on the corresponding election plans. The draft maps are also posted at each EMUHSD high school, the District office and online at the EMUHSD District Formation Process website.

The District has hosted five school-site community open houses, two opportunities to meet with the mapping team and three public hearings. The public is invited to attend upcoming hearings scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesdays Dec. 8, Jan. 5, and Feb. 2 – either in-person or virtually where comments will be received by the Board. The Board anticipates narrowing the number of maps under consideration during the public hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022 and to select a final map on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022.

For more information on the District Formation Process, to view draft maps and provide online comments, visit emuhsd-by-area-trustees.com.

El Monte Union Releases Additional Draft Trustee Area Maps

El Monte Union High School District has released additional draft trustee area maps for the community to review and comment on as it moves toward shifting from at-large elections to by-trustee area elections.

Beginning in November 2022, residents will vote for a single Board of Trustees candidate residing in their newly drawn trustee area, comprised of one-fifth of the entire school district.

Two maps – NDC Orange and NDC Purple 2 – were developed by professional demographers based on comments from public hearings. One map – NDC Purple 2 is a modified version of the initial NDC Purple map. All maps will be available for additional comment during a Public Hearing to be held at the regular board meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3.

The public may submit input regarding how the trustee areas are divided. The draft maps are on display at each EMUHSD high school, the District office and at the EMUHSD District Formation Process website.

Attendees may also provide input on the maps and corresponding election plans during any of following scheduled events:

Community Open Houses

The District kicked-off five community open houses, during which attendees may provide input on the maps and corresponding election plans via presentations and small group discussions. All meetings will provide in-person and virtual access via Zoom at www.emuhsd.org/virtualhearing. Residents may attend any or all open houses; presentations will be consistent for all of them. The remaining meetings will take place as follows:

October 27, 6-8 p.m.
Mountain View High School
2900 Parkway Dr., El Monte

October 28, 4-6 p.m.
El Monte High School
3048 Tyler Ave., El Monte

Meet the Mapping Team

Residents may also create and submit their own map(s) and/or make an appointment to meet with the demographer and ask questions about the draft maps, as well as provide input on possible modifications. Each meeting will be approximately 30–45 minutes and take place at the District office, Board Room, 3537 Johnson Avenue, El Monte. To make an in-person or virtual appointment, please contact (626) 444-9005, ext. 9805. The next Meet the Mapping Team opportunity is, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Public Hearings – with public comment

The Board will continue to host a variety of public hearings on the proposed maps, which can all be accessed by the public in person or via livestream on YouTube at https://www.emuhsd.org/boardlive. Comments from the public will be received by the Board. Revised maps and any additional proposed maps generated from the sessions should be submitted to the EMUHSD Superintendent’s office by Friday, Nov. 19. Maps that meet state and federal legal criteria will be presented during the regular board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The board anticipates narrowing the number of maps for review during its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022.

Once the public has provided final input, the Board of Trustees expects to select a final trustee map during a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. The approved map will then be presented to the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization.

Language Options

The District can provide translation services for the open houses and public hearings, specifically Spanish, Cantonese and Vietnamese. Requests for these or other language services must be submitted 72 hours in advance.

Contact Info

For more information on the district formation process, sign-up to receive updates, view draft maps and provide input on draft maps, visit emuhsd-by-area-trustees.com. Additional comments or inquiries can be e-mailed to bytrustee.area@emuhsd.org.

El Monte Union Seeks Community Input on Trustee Area Maps, District Formation Process

EL MONTE –  The El Monte Union High School District is inviting the public to provide input on draft maps developed as part of the school district formation process. The District is transitioning from at-large elections to by-trustee area elections to comply with the California Voting Rights Act.

Beginning in November 2022, residents will vote for a single Board of Trustees candidate residing in their newly drawn trustee area, comprised of one-fifth of the entire school district.

Draft maps are on display at emuhsd-by-area-trustees.com. They will be officially unveiled during a public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The maps were created by a demographer hired to assist the District in establishing by-trustee area maps according to state and federal legal criteria.

“We are committed to ensuring that this process is transparent, inclusive and prioritizes the values and voices of our school community,” said Dr. Edward Zuniga, EMUHSD Superintendent. “Public participation is critical to making this process a success.”

Community Open Houses

The District will host five community open houses, during which attendees may provide input on the maps and corresponding election plans via presentations and small group discussions. All meetings will provide in-person and virtual access via Zoom.  Residents may attend any or all open houses; presentations will be consistent for all of them. The meetings will take place as follows:

  • October 13, 6-8 p.m.
    Arroyo High School
    4921 Cedar Ave., El Monte
  • October 14, 4-6 p.m.
    South El Monte High School
    1001 N. Durfee Ave., South El Monte
  • October 16, 9-11 a.m.
    Rosemead High School
    9063 E. Mission Dr., Rosemead
  • October 27, 6-8 p.m.
    Mountain View High School
    2900 Parkway Dr., El Monte
  • October 28, 4-6 p.m.
    El Monte High School
    3048 Tyler Ave., El Monte

Meet the Map Team

Residents may also create and submit their own map(s) and/or make an appointment to meet with the demographer and ask questions about the draft maps, as well as provide input on possible modifications. Each meeting will be approximately 30-45 minutes and take place at the District office, Board Room, 3537 Johnson Avenue, El Monte. To make an appointment, in person or virtually, please contact (626) 444-9005, ext 9805.

Public Hearings – with public comment

The Board will host a variety of public hearings on the proposed maps, which can all be accessed by the public in person or via livestream on YouTube at https://www.emuhsd.org/boardlive.  Comments from the public will be received by the Board. Revised maps and any additional proposed maps generated from the sessions should be submitted to the EMUHSD Superintendent’s office by Nov. 19. Maps that meet state and federal legal criteria will be presented during the regular board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The board anticipates narrowing the number of maps for review during its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022.

Once the public has provided final input, the Board of Trustees expects to select a final trustee map during a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. The approved map will then be presented to the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization.

Language Options

The District can provide translation services for the open houses and public hearings, specifically Spanish, Cantonese and Vietnamese. Requests for these or other language services must be submitted 72 hours in advance. 

Contact Info and Appointments

To set up demographer appointments or request language assistance, call (626) 444-9005, ext 9805. For more information on the district formation process and to provide input on draft maps, visit emuhsd-by-area-trustees.com.

El Monte Union to Hold Second Public Hearing, Discuss Shift to By-Trustee Area Formation

EL MONTE – The El Monte Union High School District is continuing its efforts to gather community input and boost voter participation as it begins the process of shifting from at-large elections to by-trustee area elections, holding its second in a series of public hearings on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

The shift means that instead of residents voting for any board candidate on the ballot within the District’s boundaries, residents will vote for a single candidate residing in their newly drawn trustee-area, usually one-fifth of the entire District. The change will go into effect November 2022.

“El Monte Union is a community united in our mission to prepare students for college and careers, and this redistricting process is a part of that mission,” Dr. Edward Zuniga said. “This change is not only a reflection of our commitment to being transparent and fair, but is a welcome addition to the many other historic events that have shaped our diverse community.”

The public will have the opportunity to discuss district formation criteria during a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Sept. 1 in the District Board Room, 3537 Johnson Ave., El Monte. Community members can also participate virtually, by going to the EMUHSD website and watching the Board of Trustees live stream. Issues to be discussed could include creating compact, contiguous districts, preserving existing political communities and equal population sizes, and ensuring each high school’s attendance areas are represented by multiple board members.

Professional demographers from NDC will draw possible trustee area maps based on those criteria and present the maps during a public hearing at the regular board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 6. El Monte Union community members will be able to provide input and testimony regarding the proposed trustee areas.

During the first public hearing on Aug. 18 community members heard from representatives from National Demographics Corporation (NDC) – which will draw several maps based on community input and ensure they meet legal and regulatory criteria – and VMA Communications, Inc. ­– which will conduct widespread community outreach to increase awareness and ensure the process is transparent, inclusive and community-focused.

The District will subsequently host a series of open houses/workshops in the fall. Residents will review and provide input regarding maps and corresponding election plans and learn about the process for selecting a map. More information on these specific dates will be forthcoming.

Revised and additional maps will be reviewed during regular board meetings on Wednesday, Nov. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 8. The board anticipates narrowing the number of maps for review on or by Wednesday, Jan. 5.

Once the public has provided input, the school board expects to select a final trustee map on Wednesday, Feb. 2.  The approved map would then be presented to the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization for approval.

El Monte Union to Hold Public Hearing, Discuss Shift to By-Trustee Formation

EL MONTE – The El Monte Union High School District will launch a series of public meetings to gather community input as the process of shifting from at-large elections to by-trustee area elections begins.

The shift means that instead of residents voting for any board candidate on the ballot within the District’s boundaries, residents will vote for a single candidate residing in their newly drawn trustee-area, usually one-fifth of the entire District. The change will go into effect November 2022.

“El Monte Union is a community united in our mission to prepare students for college and careers, and this redistricting process is a part of that mission.” Dr. Edward Zuniga said. “This change is not only a reflection of our commitment to being transparent and fair, but is a welcome addition to the many other historic events that have shaped our diverse community.”

The District will discuss districting criteria during public hearings on Wednesday, Aug. 18 and Wednesday, Sept. 1. These public hearings will be held in advance of the demographer’s drafting of the plans for trustee voting areas. Issues to be discussed could include creating compact, contiguous districts, preserving existing political communities and equal population sizes, and ensuring each high school attendance areas are represented by multiple board members.

A professional demographer will draw possible trustee area maps based on those criteria and present the maps during a public hearing at the regular board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 6. El Monte Union community members will be able to provide input and testimony regarding the proposed trustee areas.

The District will subsequently host a series of open houses/workshops in the fall. Residents will review and provide input regarding maps and corresponding election plans and learn about the process for selecting a map. More information on these specific dates will be forthcoming.

Revised and additional maps will be reviewed during regular board meetings on Nov. 3 and Dec. 8. The board anticipates narrowing the number of maps for review on or by Jan. 5.

Once the public has provided input, the school board expects to select a final trustee map on Wednesday, Feb. 2. The approved map would then be presented to the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization for approval.