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KHSD trustees see proposed maps for new voting districts

The Dolores Huerta Foundation provided this proposed this map for the Kern High School District Trustee boundaries.

Monday, during a special board meeting, the Kern High School District Board of Trustees heard proposals for new boundary maps.

This comes a month after the board voted to redraw district lines to avoid litigation.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation presented their ideas for how the lines should be redrawn.

Gerald Cantu, the education policy director for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, said the goal is to have the district create a second Latino majority district that keeps communities of interest together.

There is currently one, which is District 2.

In the proposed map by the Dolores Huerta Foundation, District 3 is made the second Latino majority district. It keeps Lamont, Arvin, Weedpatch and Greenfield together.

By doing this, their map kicks current Trustee Joey O'Connell out of his current district.

Tuesday, O'Connell did not respond to Eyewitness News' request for comment.

"We need a substantial shake-up," Cantu said. "The Board of Trustees should reflect the constituents, it should reflect the full diversity of the county, and that's just not what we have now."

The district hired demographers to come up with proposed maps. They presented several ideas to the trustees that keep all of them in their current area, while also creating a second Latino majority district.

The board meets again on April 16, which will include a public hearing about the maps.

Trustee Jeff Flores said the board welcomes all ideas when it comes to the redistricting.

District officials hope to have a new finalized map by late May, ahead of elections.

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