School District CAO José Betancourt is being replaced, according to a one-line memo delivered to trustees.Photo: Sam Hodgson

A one-line memo delivered to the San Diego Unified School District trustees today announced that the school system’s chief financial officer, Bill Kowba, has been named as the acting chief administrative officer, replacing embattled José Betancourt.

Betancourt has spent the last month negotiating with the school district over a severance package that would pave way for his resignation, following a guilty plea on federal conflict-of-interest charges for his work on a defense contract.

District spokesman Jack Brandais said he had not seen the memo, though he confirmed that Betancourt was not at the district this morning.

“He’s on leave,” Brandais said.


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