Public hearing Monday night as KHSD trustees consider new voting boundaries

FILE -- Kern High School District trustees meet Monday night, March 6, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The public can weigh in Monday night on possible new voting districts for the Kern High School District Board of Trustees.

The district is looking to change its trustee boundaries to avoid litigation.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation had planned to file a lawsuit against the district, accusing it of gerrymandering and suppressing Latino representation. The district's student population is roughly two-thirds Hispanic, and the foundation said the proportion of Hispanic decision-makers should be similar.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation presented its ideas for how the lines should be redrawn. The district also hired demographers to come up with proposed maps.

Both sides seem to agree on creating a second Latino majority district.

The trustees will hold a special meeting and public hearing Monday night in the Board Room of the EOC Administrative Building, KHSD, 5801 Sundale Ave.

The meeting will be called to order at 5, but closed session is scheduled until 7. After that, the public hearing portion of the meeting is scheduled to begin.

District officials hope to have a new finalized map by late May.

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