After months of controversy and a lack of permanent leadership at the helm, the top position at Newport-Mesa Unified School District now has a name attached to it — and it's a familiar one.
Fred Navarro, former principal of Costa Mesa High School, will be presented to the school board at its Tuesday meeting for approval as the new superintendent.
"I'm excited to join the district again," he said. "I had a good professional and personal experience there, and I look forward to working with the staff and board members."
If Navarro is approved, he will start Aug. 1.
Navarro, 55, worked at Newport-Mesa Unified for about four years before moving on to two other jobs.
He has been superintendent of schools in the Lennox School District in Los Angeles County for about a year and a half. Before that, he was assistant superintendent of education at Anaheim Union High School District for four and a half years.