Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Board proclaims May as Supt. Kowba Legacy Month

Resolution Declaring May 2013 as Superintendent Kowba Legacy Month

WHEREAS, the members of the Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District (San Diego Unified) honor Superintendent Bill Kowba and call upon schools and the community to pay tribute to him during the month of May 2013; and

WHEREAS, the Board recognizes Superintendent Kowba’s dedication to the students, parents, staff, and community, and expresses their appreciation for the educational growth achieved by our students and the stability that he has provided the District during his tenure; and

WHEREAS, Superintendent Kowba began his career with San Diego Unified in 2006 serving in several senior level executive positions until his appointment to Superintendent on June 29, 2010; and

WHEREAS, under Superintendent Kowba’s leadership, San Diego Unified has been named a finalist for the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education in recognition of the District's student achievement gains; and

WHEREAS, Superintendent Kowba has consistently demonstrated that he is a man of integrity and a servant leader by listening to all people and taking all ideas into consideration before making decisions; and

WHEREAS, Superintendent Kowba has been able to maintain fiscal solvency for San Diego Unified with balanced budgets during severe economic times; and

WHEREAS, Proposition Z, a $2.8 billion bond measure was passed by voters to help maintain safe and productive learning environments for all students during the state’s ongoing budget crisis; and

WHEREAS, Superintendent Kowba has been honored by many organizations for his anti-bullying advocacy including the Harvey Milk Leadership Award of San Diego County; multiple awards from the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCal) for “Excellence in Creating Safer School Climates for LGBTQIA Youth” and for his participation in their annual conference; special recognition from the Safe Schools Task Force; awards from the Cambodian Buddhist Society of San Diego; the Association of African American Educators (AAAE); State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson; Equality California; Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS); and the San Diego Education Association (SDEA) Retired members.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education, that it recognizes Superintendent Kowba for his years of dedicated service to the students, parents, staff, and community and hereby designates May 2013 as Superintendent Kowba Legacy Month.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board calls on all teachers, staff, students, parents, and community members to focus on Superintendent Kowba’s accomplishments and acknowledge them during this month so that we can faithfully build on his legacy of stability and integrity for many years to come.

Adopted and approved by the Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District at the regular meeting held on the 23rd day of April 2013.