SAN DIEGO - Superintendent Bill Kowba's expiring tenure as head of the San Diego Unified School District will be celebrated Thursday, part of a retirement ceremony for district teachers and staff.
The 61-year-old former Navy admiral announced in February that he would step down June 30 after overseeing San Diego Unified operations for three years.
Kowba previously worked as the district's interim superintendent, chief financial officer, chief special projects officer and chief logistics officer.
His time as superintendent was marked by improved academic achievement by students despite continual budget cuts forced by reductions in state funding.
Improved test scores, particularly among minority and low-income students, have made San Diego Unified one of four finalists for the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education.
Kowba will be replaced by Cindy Marten, the principal of Central Elementary School, where the student body is overwhelmingly poor and most speak English as a second language.