Woodland's school board voted to strip trustee Warren Berg of his district seat Thursday, a week after the panel learned Berg moved out of the district he represents and into another trustee area.
On a 5-2 vote, Woodland Joint Unified School District trustees voted to vacate Berg's seat in the rural Trustee District 1, saying he violated district policy and state statutes by leaving his district before the end of his term in December.
"He is no longer a trustee," said Angel Barajas, board of trustees president, late Thursday.
At issue was Berg's move from Zamora in District 1 to Woodland's newly formed District 3 two months ago. He filed papers last week to run for District 3 trustee.
In Woodland Joint Unified, board members are elected to represent residents in the defined area where the trustee resides.
California government code section 1770(e) states that an elected official must live in the district he serves until the end of his term. Berg had served as trustee in District 1 since 2000.
District officials learned of Berg's move Aug. 3 after district Superintendent Debra LaVoi and Barajas received a letter from former Woodland Mayor Art Pimentel calling on the board to vacate Berg's seat because of the change in residency.
Berg earlier this week said he had no plans to step down from the District 1 seat until after the November election.
Berg suggested the effort to oust him was politically motivated, a suggestion that Barajas denied.
"The moment he registered and claimed residency outside his district was the moment he vacated his elected position," Barajas said.
On Friday, Berg appeared to accept the board's decision, saying he was focusing on his campaign for the District 3 seat.
He said it was unnecessary for board members to make a decision on his former seat before the November election.
"They should've waited to let the voters decide," he said.
The District 1 seat will remain vacant until after the Nov. 6 election, Barajas said.
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