Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/06/2013 01:55:32 PM PST

Following county lawyers’ determination that Gil Navarro can’t legally serve on the county school board and San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Board, the school board voted to let him stay in the position at least until the state attorney general gives an opinion.

Navarro has been a school board member since 2006, and in November was elected to a seat on the water district board that he took Jan. 8.

In December, county counsel Jean-Rene Basle drew from a previous attorney general opinion that said representing a water district and school district could lead to a “significant clash of duties and loyalties,” for instance because the water district sets wholesale prices that retail water agencies then pass on to school districts.

Even a potential future significant clash means the first office must be resigned, according to the attorney general’s website.

But the school board voted 4-1 on Monday – with Navarro abstaining – to ask the attorney general whether the offices were compatible.

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