COSTA MESA — Newport-Mesa's embattled superintendent is slated to return to work Tuesday after being on paid administrative leave for more than five months, officials said.
Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard will reassume his duties overseeing the Newport-Mesa Unified School District after requesting via email Jan. 23 to be put on paid leave so he could concentrate on his defense against his two felony charges, school board President Walt Davenport confirmed.
"He was busy with his defense before," Davenport said. "He has time now to come back."
Hubbard has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of misappropriation of funds while serving as Beverly Hills Unified School District superintendent.
In closed session Jan. 24, the school board approved Hubbard's request for paid leave with a 6-to-1 vote. Trustee Katrina Foley dissented.
Hubbard has been collecting his salary, about $25,497 a month, since then.
"I don't know what's changed, but I guess if we're going to pay him he should do his work," Foley said Thursday.