"As much as I don't want to acknowledge it — it's obvious that these issues have become a clear distraction for the District," Hubbard wrote to Davenport on Jan. 23. "I have always believed that the needs of the district far outweigh my own personal needs. After many hours of reflection in trying to determine the best course of action for our students and staff, I have come to the conclusion that I should ask to be placed on voluntary paid administrative leave."
According to the e-mails, Davenport chose not to tell the rest of the school board about Hubbard's request until the meeting the next day because he did not want Foley to learn of it ahead of time and feared that the information would become public.
"It saddens me that we have to consider this but I will be supporting approval of your request," Davenport wrote back to Hubbard. "I am not forwarding it to other board members because I would have to include Katrina or face a charge of [education] code violation. I'm holding back so it doesn't end up on Facebook or at the Pilot before we even get to take action on it. I have printed copies which I will distribute at the start of the closed session."