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Newport-Mesa superintendent fired after 2 felony convictions

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An L.A. jury found former Beverly Hills Unified School District superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard, 54, guilty of improperly using public money for a female employee.

Newport-Mesa School Board members have fired Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard less than 24 hours after he was convicted Monday of two felony counts for authorizing payments to an employee without school board approval when he was head of the Beverly Hills Unified School District.

After a closed meeting Tuesday afternoon, the school board issued an extremely brief statement announcing the superintendent's termination.

"On a 7/0 vote, the Board of Education terminated the superintendent employment contract with Dr. Jeffrey Hubbard, effective Monday, January 23, 2012," said the statement (issued Tuesday, Jan. 24).

In a split verdict following two days of deliberations, an L.A. Superior Court jury found Hubbard guilty of authorizing payment to the school district’s former facilities director, Karen Anne Christiansen, without clearance from the Beverly Hills school board.

Prosecutors said Hubbard made two $10,000 payments plus a $500 monthly car allowance to that employee. Christiansen's contract specified a $150 monthly car allowance.

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