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N-MUSD Appoints Interim Superintendent

Robert Barbot was unanimously selected by the board of education Wednesday evening to temporarily take the place of Jeffrey Hubbard.

Robert Barbot -- a former Newport-Mesa schools chief --was named as the district's interim superintendent following a unanimous vote by the board of education on Wednesday evening.

According to Laura Boss, district spokeswoman, Barbot served as the superintendent of N-MUSD for eight years before retiring in 2006. Barbot will come back to Newport-Mesa to begin his interim role sometime between Feb. 23 and March 5. He is expected to remain on the job until July 31.

"The details of the contract are currently being finalized by the District's legal counsel, Parker and Covert," Boss said in a released statement. "Dr. Barbot will receive $960/day plus a housing allowance.  In addition, as part of the negotiated contract, Dr. Barbot will conduct the nation-wide search for a new permanent superintendent."

Barbot takes the place of Jeffrey Hubbard, the former superintendent, who was a day after a Los Angeles jury convicted him of two felony counts of misappropriating public funds during his time as the head of the Beverly Hills Unified School District.

Deputy Superintendent and Chief Business Official Paul Reed is acting superintendent until Barbot begins.

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