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San Diego Schools Chief Relies On Academic Team

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Aired 7/14/10

San Diego Unified's new school superintendent says he will rely on a team of experienced educators next year to help him guide the district academically.

— San Diego Unified's new school superintendent Bill Kowba says he will rely on a team of experienced educators next year to help him guide the district academically.

Kowba is a navy veteran and the district's former chief financial officer. He says he's appointed nine area superintendents to be in charge of schools within nine geographic areas of San Diego.

Kowba spoke on KPBS Radio's These Days program. He says his new team is expected to come-up a customized approach to working with each of the nine areas of the district by next month.

“Our key goal is balancing the customizing of delivery of education inside those neighborhoods, and then elevating it to the point where we standardize (education) where it has to be standardized across the district,” said Kowba.

The school board says Kowba was picked because he's had a good rapport with the trustees, teachers union and other education stakeholders, but critics question whether he can raise test scores and close the academic achievement gap.

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