Wednesday, November 21, 2012

California: Two Seville School Board Members facing recalls

Signatures have been verified in the recall of two members of Seville's Stone Corral Elementary School District, Reynold Esquivel and Rebecca Quintana. 71 signatures were verified, they needed 54. Looks like the recall will take place next year.

The two board members, who are a part of a three-member majority, had been the target of recall attempts since May when parents staged a walkout with their children following a tumultuous school board meeting.

Organizers behind the recall effort, which include a former Stone Corral school board member and the stepdaughter of the school district’s superintendent, charged that Quintana and Esquivel were “not operating on behalf and in trust of the people or children” and refused “to speak [to] or hear any of the parents due to the fact that they are not registered voters.” 
Parents and residents also raised concerns over a high volume of school board meetings that had been either rescheduled or canceled since the start of the 2011-12 academic year.

In all, the group collected 71 valid signatures in the Stone Corral Elementary School District voting area. To force the recall election, petitioners needed to collect 54 signatures.

Quintana and Esquivel did not return phonecalls seeking comment Tuesday afternoon. But the board has 14 days from its Dec. 15 regular meeting to schedule a recall election.

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