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Interim Superintendent Bill Kowba is in the top five candidates to become the permanent chief of San Diego Unified, according to school board members Richard Barrera and John de Beck.

That isn’t a huge surprise if you’ve been following the superintendent search: Kowba has earned lots of praise for his steady leadership as the school district searches for his replacement. But trustees fear that other candidates might steer clear of the job because they think Kowba is inevitably going to get it. De Beck said Kowba was the only local candidate out of the five candidates now before the board.

“I’ve had conversations with people who said they would have applied, but they assume Bill’s going to get the job,” said school board President Richard Barrera.

Barrera hopes that by , other candidates might be convinced to throw their hats in the ring. They’re also reassuring candidates who might have been confused that their names won’t be publicized unless they make it into the top three.

— EMILY ALPERT

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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