The Newport-Mesa school board made the right call last week in accepting Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard's request to be placed on paid administrative leave. The misappropriation-of-funds charges against him in Los Angeles County, as well as the publication of spicy e-mails between him and a female subordinate, had distracted from the board's day-to-day mission: educating students in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.
Though we hand a shiny apple (insert your own serpent reference here) to the Board of Education for doing the right thing, we're confounded about why it belatedly bowed to a request from Hubbard, rather than to its own conscience or community sentiment.
Hubbard was charged with two felonies, after all, and though they are related to the alleged enrichment of an employee contract in Beverly Hills, where he once worked, the board sat on its hands for too long, and a couple of trustees made blasé comments about inappropriate e-mails sent by Hubbard from his workplace accounts.