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During a June 18 meeting, Winkler offers up a driver's license as evidence of his residency in the district.

During a June 18 meeting, Winkler offers up a driver’s license as evidence of his residency in the district.

[KHTS] – Saugus Union School District officials have been OK’d to take the next step in the lengthy legal process for removing an elected official from office, officials said Wednesday.

SUSD governing board members voted 4-1 last June to oust Stephen Winkler from the board, claiming he maintained a residence outside of school district boundaries, which would violate the state’s Education Code.

“We were notified by the attorney general that we can sue in the quo warranto (proceedings),” said Joan Lucid, superintendent of the Saugus Union School District, adding that the district was waiting on the final paperwork from the Attorney General’s Office in order to proceed.

“At which point, then we have the ability to go to the court to file that quo warranto at this time,” she said.

“It is the first step,” she added. “It’s not a short process.”

Winkler is escorted from the dias June 18 after the board voted to vacate his seat on grounds he did not maintain a residence in the school district, as state law requires.

Winkler is escorted from the dias June 18 after the board voted to vacate his seat on grounds he did not maintain a residence in the school district, as state law requires.

Once the paperwork is obtained, district officials must then present their case as a lawsuit, and a judge will rule on the validity of the complaint, Lucid said.

“The attorney general has already said the district can sue him for the residency requirement,” Lucid said. “The attorney general found enough there that says, ‘Go take it to a court.’ It allows us to go the judge and say, ‘Our paperwork is worthy of everyone looking at it.'”

 

SUSD Statement, 2-12-2014:

On February 11, 2014, the Saugus Union School District received notice that the Attorney General will grant the District leave to sue Stephen Winkler in quo warranto. The District will now have the opportunity to seek a ruling from the superior court that Mr. Winkler does not meet the residency requirements for eligibility to hold office as a member of the District’s Board of Trustees. While this is just the first step in the next phase of the legal process, the completion of which will take some time, this case has moved one step closer to resolution.

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  1. Hmmm. Wondering what this is costing the district and where that money is coming from?

  2. I think there are way too many districts in this valley! Imagine how cost effective it would be to have just ONE district office and ONE set of office staff.

  3. I think there are way too many districts in this valley! Imagine how cost effective it would be to have just ONE district office and ONE set of office staff.

  4. Saves money but then people are out of their jobs if there is only one office

    • The money save can do more good. Hire more staff at the district office and in schools.I have 2 kids in the special ed program and having to fight with them due to budget cuts is not my idea of a good time. the redundant offices are wasting so much money and the kids are the ones that suffer!

  5. Saves money but then people are out of their jobs if there is only one office

    • The money save can do more good. Hire more staff at the district office and in schools.I have 2 kids in the special ed program and having to fight with them due to budget cuts is not my idea of a good time. the redundant offices are wasting so much money and the kids are the ones that suffer!

  6. I get that. Kids are not getting what they deserve from the schools but at the same time people would lose their jobs and in this job market it could take forever for them to get back in their feet. The whole situation needs to be reevaluated definately. They need to put the money towards education snd educators to help benefit the kids

  7. I get that. Kids are not getting what they deserve from the schools but at the same time people would lose their jobs and in this job market it could take forever for them to get back in their feet. The whole situation needs to be reevaluated definately. They need to put the money towards education snd educators to help benefit the kids

  8. Barbara Walker says:

    There would be no money saved. There would be even fewer staff per person. I’ve seen firsthand the individualized attention that special ed students receive in their schools. Just imagine what it would be if there was one giant bureaucratic mess that would tie everything up with red tape. Having different districts keeps it local and benefits our special ed children. I am really impressed and proud of the attention and care that staff give to all of our children.

  9. Costing the district? They will probably just vote to put it off till next election cycle.

    Not having this idiot on the board didn’t save a whole lot the pay for the position is like $400 a month or something.

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