Editor's note: This letter was sent by Newport-Mesa Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard to his staff after the teachers' union decided to take a vote of no confidence in him. The letter, which was addressed to Hubbard's colleagues, was sent by the school district to the Daily Pilot, and the newspaper has chosen to republish it here.
Recently, Kimberly Claytor, president of the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers (NMFT) shared with me that NMFT leadership met on Oct. 19 and held a "no confidence" vote regarding me as NMUSD's superintendent. It is a disappointment. As a former teachers' union president and supporter of collaboration, I would have liked to have had the opportunity to meet with NMFT leadership and be a part of the discussion about any concerns and issues.
It is my understanding that NMFT leadership circulated ballots among the entire NMFT membership. This action was not unexpected. As has been shared in public meetings, NMFT leadership has appeared to not be completely satisfied with the outcome of the last contract. Any remaining issues that NMFT leadership feels were left unresolved by their ratified contract will need to be addressed among the future negotiating teams.