Jeffrey Hubbard, Newport-Mesa Schools Chief, Held for Trial, and Then Suspended

Hours after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled there is enough evidence for

Jeffrey Hubbard

to face trial for allegedly misappropriating public funds, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees voted to suspend their superintendent of schools.

Trustees meeting behind closed doors approved paid administrative leave for Hubbard, who reportedly earns between $280,000 and $300,000 per year.

The board vote was 6-1, with Trustee Katrina Foley voting in dissent, reports the Daily Pilot.

The Pilot reports one parent in open session questioned the board's decision to grant paid leave to Hubbard.

The administrator faces two felony counts of misappropriating public funds while leading the Beverly Hills Unified School District. He allegedly paid that district's facilities director a $20,000 stipend without his board's knowledge and upped the woman's car allowance.

Karen Ann Christiansen, with whom Hubbard exchanged racy e-mails, is also charged in the case for allegedly receiving the funds and conflict of interest.

Hubbard, who moved over to Newport-Mesa in 2006, could get up to five years in prison if convicted of the charges against him. He has entered a not guilty plea.


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