Friday, September 11, 2009

NEWS RELEASE CORRECTION: Remarks by Board President Shelia Jackson on Superintendent Situation

Correction to earlier news release from the San Diego Unified School
District, September 11, 2009

The following is the correct statement from Board President Shelia Jackson
regarding the Superintendent situation. An earlier e-mail contained a
working draft.

Resignation of Superintendent Terry Grier
Statement by Shelia Jackson, Board President

Yesterday afternoon, Superintendent Grier accepted the appointment as the
new Superintendent at the Houston Independent School District. The Board
has received his resignation letter and accepted his plan to leave his
position effective October 20th. Dr. Grier will use his accrued leave time
to make September 18 his last day at work.

On behalf of the Board of Education, we want to wish Dr. Grier every success
in his new position and thank him once again for his service to San Diego
Unified School District.

During the last two weeks, the Board of Education has had several meetings
to discuss how we will ensure a smooth transition.

I want to assure our school community and the public that the Board is
confident in the management team we have in place at our district. Today,
we are pleased to announce that the Board has identified Bill Kowba as our
Interim Superintendent subject to Board approval of an agreement at our next
Board meeting on Tuesday, September 15th.

Mr. Kowba has been a key part of the district¹s senior management team
during the last four years. Bill served as our interim superintendent
during the last transition. He has also played key roles in the District as
our Finance Director and as Chief Logistics Officer. His detailed
understanding of all aspects of our district operations and our schools make
him uniquely qualified to lead our district operations.

We do not plan to rush to fill the Superintendent position since we believe
we should consider our needs carefully and seek community input on what our
priorities are for our district and for the position of the permanent
superintendent of the district.

The Board will continue to meet in the next few weeks to determine our
longer term plan to identify a permanent superintendent.

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Jack Brandais
Communications Department
San Diego Unified School District
(619) 725-5570 (Desk)
(619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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