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Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their electoral district lines (called “trustee areas” with respect to school districts) to reflect how local populations have changed. This page provides information regarding the process that FUSD will follow in 2021-2022.

1. What is redistricting?

Trustee areas must be redrawn so that each area is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each board member represents about the same number of constituents. For FUSD, the Board of Trustees is responsible for redrawing trustee areas. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which are usually released around March 31 of the year following the Census, but during this cycle were released in September 2021 as a result of delays attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. For FUSD, the redistricting process must be completed by February 28, 2022.

2. Why does redistricting matter to me?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a trustee area for purposes of electing a board member.

The Board of Trustees will seek input in selecting the next map of our trustee areas. You have an opportunity to share with the Board of Trustees how you think area boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community. 

For more information about how the process works, please email your questions/comments to redistricting@fresnounified.org.

3. What do the existing trustee areas look like?

View a map of the current trustee areas.

4. What criteria will be used when drawing trustee area lines?

The trustee areas must be substantially equal in population, and they must comply with the federal Voting Rights Act. The Board of Trustees may also consider traditional redistricting criteria like topography; geography; cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory; communities of interests; and any other legitimate consideration relevant to representation.

5. How will the public be notified about redistricting?

The District will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process and will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. The District will notify the public about redistricting hearings on its website and in all the normal ways of noticing public meetings; it will post maps online before adoption; and residents can visit this dedicated web page for additional relevant information about the redistricting process.

6. How can I get involved?

The Board of Trustees will be holding hearings to receive public input on where trustee area lines should be drawn. These hearings will be held during regularly scheduled board meetings for the following dates and location:

  • September 15, 2021
  • October 27, 2021
  • December 8, 2021
  • January 12, 2022

The hearings will be held at:

Fresno Unified School District
2309 Tulare Street
Board Room, Second Floor
Fresno, CA 93721

Please note: Agendas and online links will be made available 72 hours before each meeting date. You can also submit public comments, including proposed communities of interest or suggested draft maps, by emailing: redistricting@fresnounified.org

Additional Resources

As proposed maps are made public, you will be able to view them here.

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