The Newport-Mesa Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to terminate the contract of Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard, the former superintendent of the Beverly Hills Unified School District who was convicted Monday of two counts of .
The NMUSD school board announced it will start looking to hire a new superintendent by July 1. In the meantime, Deputy Superintendent Paul Reed will serve as superintendent until March 5, or until an interim superintendent can be found.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury found Hubbard, 54, guilty of illegally diverting funds to former BHUSD facilities director , with whom he had , but acquitted him of a third charge involving another BHUSD employee.
Hubbard had taken five months of voluntary paid leave to prepare for his defense. He returned to his post at NMUSD last June. He did not attend Tuesday's school board meeting.
With his sentencing scheduled for Feb. 23, Hubbard faces a maximum of five years in prison. Still, he will not lose his pension. According to the Orange County Register, Hubbard turns 55 this week and is eligible to retire with a pension of nearly $120,000 a year.