Cortez Quinn

Twin Rivers board won't try to oust president

Published: Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013 - 7:55 am

Cortez Quinn will finish out his term as president of the Twin Rivers Unified School Board after colleagues threatened to oust him.

The school board voted 4-2 Tuesday night not to publicly consider removing Quinn as president before his leadership term ends in June.

The decision followed weeks of contentious debate, with those in favor of censuring Quinn citing a Feb. 28 California Fair Political Practices Commission report. The state watchdog agency found Quinn illegally accepted more than $55,000 in personal loans from a school employee and did not report them on financial disclosure forms. He was fined $14,000.

Last week three of the seven trustees submitted a letter asking for a public hearing on Quinn's removal at a future meeting. Michael Baker, Rebecca Sandoval and Linda Fowler signed the letter.

Sandoval and Fowler voted for the public hearing Tuesday, but Baker voted against it. Wednesday he said he thought the issue deserved a public discussion but that he never intended to remove Quinn.

Betty Williams, chairwoman of the American Civil Liberties Union of Sacramento County, expressed concern that politics were becoming more important than students in the Twin Rivers Unified boardroom.

"I don't know why we have censure on the agenda," she said during public comment.

"We dealt with this with the previous board," she added. "Bottom line is we want you to focus on the education of the children, not to release Mr. Cortez Quinn when his seat ends anyway in June."

David B. DeLuz, president of the Greater Sacramento Urban League, reminded the board that the violations came to light before Quinn was re-elected in June and voted in as president by his fellow trustees.

"You voted for all these things," DeLuz said. "Why are we wasting time or spending time to censure him?"

Call The Bee's Diana Lambert, (916) 321-1090. Read her Report Card blog at http://blogs.sacbee.com/report-card/.

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