In every community college district in which trustee areas have not been established, there shall be a governing board of either five or seven members elected at large from the district to serve a term of four years. If trustee areas have been established in a community college district the governing board shall consist of a member or members from each trustee area. 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.
In the Peralta Community College District, the governing board may consist of not to exceed 15 members, if the governing board so determines, whether or not trustee areas have been established.
The governing board of the Redwoods Community College District may consist of eight members, provided the area contained in the Fort Bragg Unified School District and the Mendocino Unified School District is annexed to the Redwoods Community College District, and provided an additional coterminous trustee area of the district is established including such territory. Such governing board may consist of nine members if, in addition to the annexation specified above, the area contained within Del Norte County is annexed to the Redwoods Community College District, and provided an additional coterminous trustee area of the district is established including such territory.