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KHSD Board works toward more Latino representation

Latino community members speak on changes they want for the district

Bakersfield, Calif. - It was the third of five special meetings the KHSD Board will have in the coming weeks regarding new boundaries, following accusations it's suppressing Latino representation.

So far, Dolores Huerta Foundation and a demographer working with KHSD have presented district map proposals to the board.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation wants the board to create a second Latino majority district that keeps communities of interest together.

Right now there is only one, which is District 2. In the foundation's proposed map, District 3 would become the second Latino majority district by keeping the Lamont, Arvin, Weedpatch and Greenfield communities together.

His plan, however, eliminates Trustee Joey O'Connell from his current district. A trustee who - at Monday night's meeting - said he has made efforts to be representative and involved in knowing the needs of those communities since joining the KHSD board in 2016. He, however, denied our request for an interview.

The district's proposed maps keep all the trustees in their current areas, while also creating a second Latino majority district. It's just a matter of which "communities of interest" are going to be given priority.

The board expects to have the boundary adjustments made by May. There are still two remaining special meetings on this subject before then.


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