SMCBOE’s Transition to a “By-Trustee Area” Election System

Board members of the San Mateo County Board of Education were previously elected “at-large,” meaning that candidates were required to reside within given areas of the county and the voters of the entire county elected the candidates to the Board. A “by-trustee area” election, wherein one candidate residing in each trustee area is elected by only the registered voters in that particular trustee area, ensures compliance with the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA).  The Board recently moved to a “by-trustee area” electoral system, scheduled to begin with the 2022 Board election.  Please see relevant information below.

Timeline, Notices, Maps, Media Releases, and Resolutions

Information and Comments 

  • For information on how to attend or provide public comment for Board meetings, visit our Board Meeting Information page.
  • In addition to providing feedback at one of the public hearings, you may also submit your comments on SMCBOE’s Transition to “By Trustee Area” Elections via this form.
  • If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Perna at or at (650) 802-5552.


Jennifer Perna

Executive Assistant to the San Mateo County Board of Education


Phone: (650) 802-5552