Calaveras Unified is revising its election system — going to a by-trustee-area vote to avoid any chance the district could be found to have discriminated against minority groups. The current system of a school-district-wide vote on the person to represent each area is being phased out around the state after several districts got in legal trouble.
In the process of adopting the new election system, Calaveras Unified is also revising trustee area boundaries. An earlier draft of the proposed boundaries divided the La Contenta neighborhood of Valley Springs between Trustee Area 2 and Trustee Area 3. District officials said they received objections to that split.
The latest revision puts all of La Contenta into Trustee Area 3, which is represented by Gregory Gustafson, who happens to live in La Contenta. In exchange, a wide swath of western Calaveraras County around Wallace and Burson is getting shifted into Trustee Area 2, which is represented by Evan Garamendi.