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

Board members of the San Mateo County Board of Education are currently elected “at-large,” meaning that candidates are required to reside within given areas of the county and the voters of the entire county elect 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 is currently in process to move to a “by-trustee area” electoral system, beginning with the 2022 Board election. The final action will be completed on or before June 27, 2021.

Timeline, Notices, Maps, Media Releases, and Resolutions

Information and Comments 

  • For information on how to register or provide public comment for Board meetings, visit our Board Meeting Schedule 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