Monday, January 23, 2012

Hubbard Guilty! School Board To Consider Action

In a press release issued by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District minutes ago, it was announced that Dr. Jeffrey Hubbard, Superintendent, was found guilty of some of the charges dealing with his time at the Beverly Hills School District. That press release follows:

Newport-Mesa USD Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hubbard Found Guilty on Two of Three Felony Charges by Los Angeles Jury

Dr. Jeffrey Hubbard, N-MUSD Superintendent, has been found guilty on two of three felony misappropriation of public funds charges by the jury at his trial in Department 102 of the Los Angeles Superior Court. The charges all pertained to actions taken in his capacity as superintendent of the Beverly Hills Unified School District over six years ago. There was no allegation of illegal activity during his tenure as Superintendent of Newport-Mesa Unified School District, where he has been employed since 2006.

To avoid acting precipitously in regard to charges that had no connection with Newport-Mesa, and to observe Dr. Hubbard’s legal right to be judged by a jury of his peers, the school board has refrained from action in the past year. At the same time steps were taken to assure that the school district would continue to move ahead while Dr. Hubbard’s personal legal issues were brought to closure.

Board President Dave Brooks has called for an immediate closed session of the N-MUSD School Board in accordance with Brown Act requirements to review the Board’s legal options regarding the superintendent’s employment contract and next steps in light of the outcome in the case. The closed session will be scheduled as soon as possible and further announcements will be forthcoming.

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Anonymous Bob from Costa Mesa said...

Now perhaps they can remove him and move on. Disapointed in the school board. The quote from Brooks in the Daily Pilot says it all about their arrogence.

"I really can't believe it but they're the jury," Brooks said.

I wish more people would pay attention to how their tax dollars are being spent at the NMUSD than just the mess that is happening at City Hall.

1/23/2012 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

According to Lauren Williams in her article in the Daily Pilot, Hubbard faces up to 6 years in the pokey and loss of his credentials. Yikes!

1/23/2012 01:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Bully Placement Services said...

Back when he allegedly chest-bumped Teacher Joel Flores, appointed councilman Mensinger made a formal complaint to NMUSD, even though the incident was not related to Flores's employment.

Maybe this was Mensinger's attempt at a "foot in the door" to take over the top spot, since it's an unelected position.

1/23/2012 01:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil said...

Joel Flores is a nut case. Get over that guy. Rumor is he's a full-blown labor organizer right now. Very sad for the kids whose lives he poisoned.

It's time for Dave Brooks to go. Someone needs to run against him. This act is getting tired. They hitched their wagon to this guy and the wagon went over the cliff. We need some elected change on the School Board.

1/23/2012 01:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Jon said...

"Lives he poisoned"??? That's ridiculous and you know it. Just because he had an issue with Mensinger it means there's a problem with his instruction? It seems to me the line of people who have issues with Mensinger is fairly long...

1/23/2012 02:01:00 PM  
Anonymous NMUSD Board needs to go said...

Everyone on the Board except Katrina will try to keep him, they are worthless.

1/23/2012 02:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

Geoff, the DP has corrected the story to read FOUR year prison term.

The school board needs to wake up! With the exception of Katrina Foley, they not only put their heads in the sand about this, they gave him increases! Does anyone know if his pension benefits are affected at all by a felony conviction?

Time to turn over this Board and get more thinkers like Katrina.

1/23/2012 02:49:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Actually, Mary Ann, the correction was to FIVE years... four for the first felony and one year for each additional one. Thanks...

1/23/2012 03:07:00 PM  

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