VICTOR VALLEY COLLEGE BOARD VOTES ON DISTRICT AREAS: THREE SEATS UP FOR ELECTION IN 2018

By: Simone Graham – Editor – HDG: Last night the VVC board voted for a five-district plan to elect its next board members, choosing Redistricting Plan #3 from four possible plans. Until now, the Victor Valley College board of directors has been elected by at-large voting, or by the all the voters living within the various cities, town, and communities the college serves when board members are at the end of their terms. The notices we have been seeing on social media inviting us to the January 10th board meeting was the final meeting of several since September to comply with new California regulations that establish voting districts to elect members for our higher education board.

So, what does this mean for you? If you want to run for the college board this year, there will be three districts in the high desert with candidates on the ballot for their area who are also residents of their district. If you do not live there, you cannot run for the seat. If you are voting, and your good friend who is running does not live in your district, you cannot vote for her or him.

The Victor Valley Board of Trustees had already started this process to establish districts, so although some of the board members were not happy with the state making districting mandatory, they were in favor of better representation for all the people living in its service area. Why? For example, the needs of students from Lucerne may not be the same as those in Victorville or even Apple Valley.

Several people presented comments to the board; some indicated a preference for a plan and some wanted the board to schedule another meeting to give demographers time to present plans for seven districts instead of five. The board voted for District map #3 because it follows existing school district population lines and seemed to make the most sense considering its continuing support of the Concurrent Enrollment Program initiated in the surrounding Unified School Districts and High School District (program for students to graduate high school and two-year college at the same time). They also wanted to vote Wednesday night to comply with the state deadline and to avoid a lawsuit for noncompliance. The board decided that Plan #3 made the most sense for the next four years during which future board members would commission new maps for seven district areas when redistricting occurs again in 2022.

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