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NVUSD has initiated the legal process to transition to trustee-area based elections for Board of Education members (trustees) to be in place for the November 2020 elections. This will require a redistricting of the areas represented by our current trustees. We are including community input on the development of trustee area boundaries.

Online Interactive District Viewer 
This map that allows residents to look at the current trustee areas along with the underlying population distribution. Using this tool, residents can find out how densely populated their areas of interest are, and get a general idea of what is possible given the population distribution. Instructions

Public comments can be emailed to districting@nvusd.org.


 

Finalist Map 1

Finalist Map 1 Notes

Public Comments which were honored in this Map:

  • Combines top of Draft Map C with modified bottom of Draft Map D
  • keeps Vintage High Families COI together in 1A
  • keeps Vichy/Yountville COI together in 1A (as suggested by NCPA)
  • keeps Vichy, River, and Willow in 1A to address concerns of no schools in the district
  • keeps Trower/Dry Creek COI together in 1B
  • Separates Browns Valley from unincorporated West Pueblo area (as suggested by NCPA)
  • Keeps West Pueblo COI together in 1C
  • Keeps Old Town/Napa Abajo COI together in 1E
  • Keeps the downtown together
  • Keeps downtown district from Draft Map C (C4) and adds Silverado to downtown (uses NCPA’s N4 eastern border)
  • Keeps together all of the neighborhoods that make up Old Town in central Napa and crosses the Napa River at the First Street bridge into Alta Heights, which is also an historic neighborhood (as suggested by NCPA)
  • Keeps both Draft Map districts C4 and D6 (modified) in the same map
  • Divides along major streets (though not Foster), respects major geographic definers
  • keeps NVLA, Harvest, and Snow together in 1F
  • keeps Westwood COI together in 1F
  • keeps Tree Streets COI together in 1F
  • keeps States COI together in 1F
  • keeps the American Canyon district from Map D (D6) (and NCPA Map) and makes it more compact
  • keeps city of American Canyon primarily intact
  • creates an American Canyon district which does not touch Napa
  • American Canyon district crosses over Hwy 29
  • ensures at least two NVUSD schools in each district
  • every district touches Napa except 1G

Population of American Canyon in 1G: 16,595/19,454 = 85.3%
Population of American Canyon in 1F: 2,859/19,454 = 14.7%

Submitted COI divided

  • Divides Neighborhood Schools COI between 1C, 1D, and 1E
Finalist Map 2

Finalist Map 2 Notes

Public Comments which were honored in this Map:

  • Combines top of Draft Map D with modified bottom of Draft Map C
  • Splits Vintage High Families COI between 2A and 2B, but split was along Salvador as suggested
  • keeps Vichy/Yountville COI together in 2A (as suggested by NCPA)
  • Keeps Vintage and Vichy in 2A to address concerns of no schools in the district
  • Keeps Trower/Dry Creek COI together in 2B
  • Keeps West Pueblo COI together in 2C
  • Keeps Old Town/Napa Abajo COI together in 2E
  • Divides along major streets (though not Foster), respects major geographic definers
  • Keeps Harvest and Snow together in 2G
  • keeps Westwood COI together in 2B
  • keeps Tree Streets COI together in 2G
  • keeps States COI together in 2G
  • keeps Silverado with downtown in 2E
  • respects Hwy 29 as a divider (and fixes compactness issue in Draft district C6)
  • keeps east/west American Canyon COI together in 2F
  • gives American Canyon community possibility of electing a representative in two districts: American Canyon residents make up 37.3% of 2G and 80.5% of 2F
  • ensures at least two NVUSD schools in each district
  • every district touches Napa

Population of American Canyon in 2F: 13,292/19,454 = 68.3%
Population of American Canyon in 2G: 6,162/19,454 = 31.7%

Submitted COI divided

  • Divides Neighborhood Schools COI between 2D and 2E
NVUSD residents can participate in the redistricting process despite the fact that many may be sheltering in place and meetings may be cancelled.

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Presentation: The Redistricting Process and How to Participate

Redistricting Glossary

Understanding the Term "Community of Interest"

Describe your Community of Interest and Proposed Boundaries

How to Use Google Maps to Create a Community of Interest

Online Interactive District Viewer 
This map that allows residents to look at the current trustee areas along with the underlying population distribution. Using this tool, residents can find out how densely populated their areas of interest are, and get a general idea of what is possible given the population distribution. Instructions
Online Redistricting Drawing Tool 
Try your hand at redrawing the boundaries, then submit them to us. Instructions

Start with a Group Map

Proposed draft maps were made available for review and input by the public. All four draft maps were drawn using information submitted through public comments and respected as many comments and COIs as possible. These draft maps were presented to the NVUSD Board of Education on April 23, 2020.  After reviewing the public input received both prior to and during the meeting on these new draft maps, the NVUSD Board of Education will provide direction on final maps to be drawn. 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Thank you for your input – you can see all emailed comments here. Comments provided during the April 23 board meeting can be heard on the video.

Draft Maps Concept maps are for reference only.

Draft Map A* 

Starting with Concept Map 1, it was adjusted to take into account all COIs received.  It keeps Snow Elementary with Napa and Browns Valley Elementary with American Canyon.

Concept Map 1

Following streets, including Dry Creek

Draft Map B*

Starting with Concept Map 2 and submitted map 3317,  it was adjusted to take into account all COIs we received.  Snow Elementary is with American Canyon area.

Concept Map 2

Splitting American Canyon into two districts along Hwy 29

Draft Map C*

Starting with Concept Map 2 and adjusted for all public comment received,  it incorporates all of the COIs received except for one.  Snow Elementary is with American Canyon area.

Concept Map 3

Preserving the lines of Hwy 29 and Hwy 221 in downtown Napa

Draft Map D*

Starting with Concept Map 3 and submitted map 3292, it was adjusted to keep the Westwood area together, splits the Vintage High families area, and keeps Snow Elementary with American Canyon area.

Concept Map 4

Keeping as much of American Canyon whole as possible

*Additional Information

List of schools per area in each draft

District demographics per area in each draft


 

Frequently Asked Questions

A: The District currently uses an at-large system of electing its governing Board members, which means candidates must reside within the designated trustee area that they represent, but they are voted upon by all registered voters in the District. A district-based system of electing trustees means that candidates must reside in the trustee area that they desire to represent, and will be voted upon only by the voters who reside in that trustee area.

A: While NVUSD and the Board support enacting trustee-area based elections, it was preferred to make this transition in time for the 2022 election timeframe, which would have allowed us more time to engage the community in determining new trustee area boundaries.  However, due to a demand letter under the California Voting Rights Act, received in January of this year, we felt it prudent to expedite the process and avoid the risk of incurring unnecessary and significant litigation costs if we did not transition to trustee-area elections in time for the November 2020 deadline. We are still meeting all the obligations related to this process, albeit in a truncated timeframe.

A: No. Although the City of Napa is also transitioning to area-based elections for city council elections, NVUSD covers different jurisdictions, including parts of Yountville and American Canyon, and therefore is conducting its own process. For more information on the city election transition process, please visit cityofnapa.org.