The county committee on school district organization, upon petition of the governing board of any community college district, may provide for the establishment, rearrangement, or abolishment of trustee areas in any community college district or increase or decrease the number of members of the governing board, in the same manner as trustee areas may be provided for in other districts under Sections 5020 to 5024, inclusive.
When trustee areas are established or rearranged under this section, governing board members shall be elected for four-year terms, and shall be either five or seven in number. The number of trustee areas shall not be less than two nor more than seven. The terms of trustees shall, except as otherwise provided, be staggered so that as nearly as practicable one-half of the trustees shall be elected in each odd-numbered year.
Subject to provisions of this section, any resident and registered elector of the school district not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state is eligible to candidacy for, and appointment and election to, the governing board of a community college district in which trustee areas have been provided under this section.
When trustee areas are established or rearranged under this section, the petition to the county committee by the governing board shall provide for election of trustees by one of the following methods:
(a) Election of an elector residing in and registered to vote in the trustee area he seeks to represent, by only the registered electors of the same trustee area;
(b) Election, of an elector residing in and registered to vote in the trustee area he seeks to represent, by the registered electors of the entire community college district.