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WSD board mulls trustee’s status

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL DISTRICT headquarters (OC Tribune photo).

A special meeting of the Westminster School District Board of Trustees will be held tonight (Friday) to consider a response to allegations about the residency of one of its members.

Frances Nguyen, president of the board and the trustee representing Area 1, has been accused of violating residency requirements necessary to serve on the board.

FRANCES NGUYEN (WSD photo).

Fellow Trustee Jamison Power claims that, in order to qualify to run in Area 4 in the November election, she moved into a location – perhaps inadvertently – that was actually outside district limits in the Ocean View School District and thereby vacated her Area 1 seat.

At a recent WSD meeting, 10 persons addressed the board – including three prior trustees – and one member of the Huntington Beach Union High School District board, calling for her to step down.

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

This is the second residency issue to arise regarding the WSD board. Xavier Nguyen, who represented Area 2, resigned in August after being charged with perjury and filing fraudulent nomination papers.

Also on the agenda for tonight is an item for discussion or action on the district’s model for return to in-person instruction.

The meeting will be conducted via web conference beginning at 6:30 p.m.

2 replies »

  1. This Board, and the administration, MUST seek an independent investigation through the Orange County District Attorney’s office if they want to regain the trust of the WSD voters. The activities of certain other board members, and possibly administrators, concerning Xavier Nguyen’s residence fraud should be a red flag for all residents of WSD.

  2. Board member Khanh Nguyen has figuratively “circled the wagons” with Board President Frances Nguyen and stymied the request of Board members Jeremy Khalaf & Jamison Power to request the OC District Attorney’s office investigate Frances Nguyen residence gymnastics. I should have known K. Nguyen would stand with F. Nguyen instead of doing the ethical thing and letting the DA’s office settle this. It would seem that there is something there that the Nguyen’s don’t want to expose publicly. I hope the community members who did the initial research into F. Nguyen’s attempted residential sleight of hand, have convinced the DA to look into it. This is three times in eight that WSD has gone through an upheaval over board members lying about where they lived.

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