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School board member's Facebook post stirs controversy

October 20, 2011 |  2:04 pm

The Pasadena Board of Education has called for the possible censure of board member Scott Phelps over accusations that public statements he made on Facebook and in the media in June violated confidentiality agreements and obstructed efforts to hire a superintendent for the district.

A 4-2 decision this week to hold a censure hearing on Tuesday fell along entrenched divisions among the board, with members Ramon Miramontes and Kim Kenne coming to Phelps’ defense.

Phelps, who was absent from the meeting, decried the effort as political payback for criticizing one of five superintendent candidates who took herself out of the running after his comments.

“Since late June they have plotted their revenge. This censure [attempt] is their revenge,” Phelps told the Pasadena Sun.

Miramontes and Kenne have joined Phelps in requesting censure of board President Renatta Cooper, also for statements made to news reporters during the superintendent selection process.


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