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