Faced with the task of adjusting the boundaries of its trustee voting areas to meet the requirements of the California Voting Rights Act of 2001, Madera Unified School District has prepared three plans for maintaining racial balance among its trustee areas.
Each of the plans was presented during community meetings in December and is set to go to the school board at its January meeting. The Tribune is presenting the details of each plan as well as a map of each proposal beginning with the first plan.
Plan one distributes the 87,841 residents living within the boundaries of Madera Unified School District equally among the seven trustee areas. Each would have just a little more than 12,000 residents. The boundaries have been drawn in such a way that all of the districts would have a majority of Hispanic residents, and in three of them the Hispanic majority would exceed 80 percent.
In trustee area 4, which would lie north of Avenue 14 and east of Highway 145 to Road 28 1/2, 87.9 percent of the population would be Hispanic; 6.9 percent would be white, and 3.2 percent would be African-American...