More Reaction To Hubbard's Conviction
Late this afternoon Kimberly Claytor, President of the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers AFT local 1794 issued a press release regarding the conviction of Dr. Jeffrey Hubbard, the now-disgraced Superintendent of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. The text of that press release follows:
Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers AFT 1794 Responds to Guilty Verdict of Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard
This afternoon, Dr. Jeffrey Hubbard, N-MUSD Superintendent, was found guilty by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury on two of three felony charges of misappropriation of public funds.
As educators, we are saddened by the impact that this case has had on the reputation of our district and the resources it has drained from our classrooms.
Though the felony charges stemmed from employment outside of Newport Mesa Unified School District, the email messages exchanged between Jeffrey Hubbard and Karen Christiansen, introduced as evidence in the case, revealed behavior unbecoming of a superintendent of a school district. Furthermore, the majority of our School Board members voted to grant Jeffrey Hubbard five months of paid leave to prepare for his defense – this money would have better served the public had it been spent in our classrooms.
We look forward to finding a new superintendent who respects processes put in place to protect the public trust, understands both the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa communities, and is willing to put the needs of our students first. We call on the School Board to have an open and transparent public process, with input from parents, teachers, and other community members in our search for a new superintendent. We want a School Board that is responsive and responsible to the community.
Additionally, in an article in the Daily Pilot this evening, HERE, trustee Karen Yelsey - described as a Hubbard supporter - is quoted as saying the school board, "will be in the search for a new superintendent".
CLOSED SESSION TOMORROW
According to that article, the Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday at 3:00 in a closed session to discuss how to manage this issue. I certainly agree with those who feel this whole sordid affair has been a major distraction to the district and it's time to put it behind us.
Some folks have suggested that Paul Reed, who has been standing in for Hubbard during his absence, simply be elevated to the position of Superintendent. If Reed wants the job, that might work. But I've got another suggestion.
(Daily Pilot Photo)
WHAT ABOUT BAUERMEISTER?
Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a nationwide search effort, why not reach down into the innards of the district itself and select a new superintendent from one of the many highly skilled administrators working within the organization. The first name that pops to my mind is Estancia High School principal Kirk Bauermeister. He's been on a fast track for years, is a proven visionary and leader and a man who really knows this community. It's worth some careful consideration.