By Diana Lambert
Cortez Quinn will finish his term as president of the Twin Rivers Unified School Board after some colleagues recently threatened to oust him.
The school board voted 4-2 Tuesday night against holding a public hearing that three trustees requested to consider removing Quinn before his term as board president expires 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 Twin Rivers trustees submitted a letter asking that Tuesday's agenda include a vote on whether to hold a future hearing considering Quinn's removal. Trustees Michael Baker, Rebecca Sandoval and Linda Fowler signed the letter.
Sandoval and Fowler voted for the public hearing Tuesday, but Baker voted against it. Baker said Wednesday he thought the issue deserved a public discussion but that he never intended to vote to remove Quinn.
Betty Williams, president of the Sacramento American Civil Liberties Union, expressed concern that politics were becoming more important in the Twin Rivers Unified board room than the district's students.
"I don't know why we have censure on the agenda," she said during public comment.
"We dealt with this with the previous board," Williams 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."