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Update: School Board Fires Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard

One day after his conviction for misappropriating funds at his previous job, the district chief is sacked. Deputy Superintendent Paul Reed will take the schools chief's spot until an interim replacement for Hubbard is found.

The Newport-Mesa Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to terminate the contract of Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard. Deputy Superintendent Paul Reed will take Hubbard's place until a temporary replacement is found.

District officials say the 7-0 decision to fire Hubbard was made retroactive to Monday, when he was convicted of misappropriating public money at his previous job as superintendent of the Beverly Hills Unified School District. Laura Boss, district spokeswoman, said at Tuesday night's school board meeting, the board announced it will start looking to hire a new superintendent by July 1. In the meantime Reed will serve as superintendent until March 5, or until an interim superintendent can be found.

An L.A. County Superior Court jury found Hubbard, 54, to a female employee -- -- but acquitted him of a third charge involving another employee.

The charges began in December 2010. Prosecutors said Hubbard illegally authorized a $20,000 stipend and $500 monthly car allowance to Karen Anne Christiansen, a former facilities director for Beverly Hills Unified. Hubbard took five months of voluntary paid leave to prepare for his defense and at N-MUSD in June.

Hubbard did not attend Tuesday's school board meeting. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 23 when he faces a maximum of five years in prison.

But he won't lose his pension. According to the Orange County Register, Hubbard turns 55 this week and is eligible to retire with a pension of nearly $120,000 a year.

Chase R. January 25, 2012 at 01:07 AM
It's about time! I don't know why he was paid for FIVE MONTHS so he could prepare for his trial - what other job would ever let you do that? No thanks! It's time for him to go and the school board to go with him that approved it!
ace January 26, 2012 at 12:43 AM
yES i AGREE./;. all part of our "OUT of Control' Government. You haven't seen anything YET ggw

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