WSD may decide on a new district map

THE WESTMINSTER SCHOOL DISTRICT will go to a by-district election in 2018, but which map to use is unsettled.

The path to the 2018 elections for the Westminster School District Board of Trustees may run through Thursday’s meeting of the governing board of the 10,000 student K-8 district.

At present, the five-person board’s membership is elected at large, but a transition to a district system is underway. The question becomes just which district-creating map should be adopted.

Impetus for the move comes in part by the California Voting Rights Act, which has motivated many cities and school districts – such as the City of Garden Grove and the Garden Grove Unified School District – to go to a system under which candidates for a particular seat must live in that district. After several months of public hearings, the WSD board on Nov. 9 selected the “Green map.”

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But on Dec. 14, the board voted to ask for additional maps for consideration. How maps are drawn may influence the ability of trustees to run in their preferred district.

The WSD serves most of Westminster and also serves Midway City and portions of Garden Grove and Huntington Beach. The board meets in public session at 7 p.m. at the district office at 14121 Cedarwood Ave. in Westminster.

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