Schools

Another WSD residency tangle

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL DISTRICT headquarters (OC Tribune photo).

It could be the incredible shrinking school board.

Just a week after Xavier Nguyen, a member of the Westminster School District Board of Trustees resigned his post after being served with charges of fraud in connection with his 2018 nomination papers, pressure is being put on another school board member to step down.

Jamison Power, a WSD board member representing Area 4, on Tuesday sent an e-mail to district leaders and the Orange County District Attorney’s office asking for an investigation into the conduct of Frances Nguyen, currently the board president.

FRANCES NGUYEN (WSD photo).

Power claims that Nguyen, seeking to run unopposed in Area 4 – since Power decided not the run for re-election – moved to a home that is actually in the Ocean View School District. It is also claimed that at one point she claimed residency at a home that she didn’t actually occupy.

In comments at the Aug. 13 meeting when Xavier Nguyen resigned, Power called for the resignation of any board member “who does not live in the area they represent or has falsified residency information in order to hold or maintain public office.”

In his e-mail, Power argues that, by her actions, she vacated her seat on the board on June 26. The WSD website still lists her as the president of the board and the trustee from Area 1, but the Orange County Registrar’s records show no qualified candidate for Area 4.

By state law, the WSD board must appoint a successor to Xavier Nguyen to fill the Area 2 slot. If Frances Nguyen resigns, that seat would need to be filled as well. The absence of a candidate for Area 4 complicates the process further.  The next scheduled meeting of the WSD board is Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. via teleconference.

Frances Nguyen did not respond to a request from The Tribune for comment.

The WSD is a K-8 public school system of about 10,000 enrollment that serves most of Westminster and parts of Garden Grove, Huntington Beach and Midway City.

 

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