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Newport-Mesa school chief gets no confidence vote from teachers

November 5, 2011 |  6:11 pm

An overwhelming majority of Newport-Mesa Unified School District teachers have no confidence in their beleaguered superintendent, according to a vote announced by the teachers union.

Ballots sent out Oct. 20 to the teachers in the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers showed 91.2% voted no confidence in Jeffrey Hubbard, union officials confirmed.

Of the 959 members, 379 participated -- a nearly 40% voter turnout.

"We hope the school board will pay attention that 90% of the teachers have no confidence in our superintendent," said union President Kimberly Claytor. "It's a sad thing. I don't mean it's sad that they have no confidence, it's sad about the whole scenario."

At the federation's Costa Mesa office, unions officials counted the ballots Thursday night, with PTA members overseeing the process for accuracy.

Although not all members voted, Claytor told the Daily Pilot that she thinks the vote "represents the sentiment of our membership."

Hubbard is facing trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court for three felony charges related to alleged actions during his tenure as superintendent of the Beverly Hills Unified School District. The accusations include appropriating thousands of dollars without school board approval.

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-- Britney Barnes, Times Community News

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