Twin Rivers school community awaits trustee’s next move

02/03/2014 5:05 PM

10/08/2014 12:14 PM

Twin Rivers Unified parents, teachers and administrators are waiting to see if Cortez Quinn will take his seat as Area 5 trustee at today’s school board meeting.

Quinn took a self-imposed 90-day leave shortly after his arrest Nov. 6 on three felony and five misdemeanor charges, which include allegedly falsifying a paternity test and using the results in court to deny fatherhood.

If Quinn does not attend today’s meeting, he has to resign his position, according to trustee Mike Baker.

Quinn’s arrest followed actions that sparked three separate lawsuits and a $14,000 fine levied against him by the California Fair Political Practices Commission. All stemmed from his relationship with Sherilene Chycoski, a performing arts and visual arts director at the school district, from whom he allegedly took illegal loans and gifts.

Quinn did not return multiple calls from The Sacramento Bee.

If Quinn does not show today, board members will have to wait until a future meeting to discuss filling his seat. The law does not allow them to discuss or vote on an issue that has not been placed on a meeting agenda and publicly posted for at least 24 hours. Baker said if Quinn doesn’t show up at the meeting, he would like a special meeting to be called this week to expedite the matter.

Quinn was re-elected in 2012, and his term runs through 2016.

His fellow board members have passed a resolution asking for his resignation. A school board member can’t be forced to step down unless he is convicted of a crime, according to Sacramento County elections officials.

Quinn has served on the Twin Rivers board since 2007 and was its board president in 2012-13. He earns $750 a month as a trustee.

He worked as a longtime aide to Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, in the Legislature and at the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. They parted ways in 2012 under a “mutual agreement” as Quinn was being investigated by the state FPPC.

In February, the FPPC fined Quinn $14,000 for illegally accepting $50,000 in loans from district employee Chycoski and for not reporting them on financial disclosure forms required in his positions as district director for Dickinson and an elected school board member.

Trustee Rebecca Sandoval in April called for a censure of Quinn and his removal as school board president, but she was unable to garner enough support from the rest of the board.

Quinn has yet to enter a plea in court. A settlement hearing has been set for Feb. 27 to see if there is potential to resolve the case, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

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