I know this because a significant part of the success of the Newport schools has little to do with a superintendent. There, a common thread of success is the parents and the emphasis in their homes that they place on education. No superintendent will change that.
It is in the best interests of the Newport parents to support improved Costa Mesa schools in order to stop the transfer of students from Costa Mesa schools to those in Newport, Huntington Beach or private schools. That, in turn, will create stronger local schools, which helps everyone.
That said, two disturbing comments appeared at the Estancia High School community input meeting under the question, "What do you consider to be the greatest needs/critical issues facing the Newport-Mesa Unified School District?" The first reads: "More equitable distribution of funds between higher and lower income level schools." The second reads: "Centralized fundraising vs. site-based gets everything."