Redrawing district lines in the Kern High School District has been a hot topic for the last couple months, and at Monday night’s meeting, the board voted which direction they would go.
In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the KHSD board chose to go forward with the proposed Plan 3. Plan 3 leaves all trustees in their current seats, but now, both districts two and three are majority Latino voting age population districts.
It was the fifth and easily one of the largest meetings regarding the issue of redrawing district lines. While the public’s opinions were heavily considered, it was ultimately the board who voted– leaving a lot of community members upset.
“It’s difficult when the majority of our students are Hispanic and they have very little Hispanic representation on the board,” said Kimberly Kirchmer, parent of Centennial High School students.
This all started back in March, when the Dolores Huerta Foundation said there wasn’t enough Latino representation on the board and threatened to sue the district.
Since then, all kinds of people have stepped up to stand for more Latino representation.
While others feel, the whole effort is a ploy to unseat Area 3 Trustee Joey O’Connell and push the agenda of The Dolores Huerta Foundation.
Ultimately, the board voted to move forward with Plan 3.
Camila Chavez, executive director for the Dolores Huerta Foundation told 17 News that foundation members will be at a meeting later this week with the Kern County Commission about school board districting. She says, if you’re someone who wants to continue this conversation, to join them.
The meeting is this Thursday at 6:00 in the Harvey Auditorium at Bakersfield High School.