Board of Education approves new superintendent contract

Kathryn Matayoshi, DOE superintendent

The Board of Education decided late Tuesday to approve a three-year contract for Dept. of Education superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. The new contract goes into effect July 1.

Board members made the decision to retain Matayoshi despite a recently released survey of school principals that called for changes in the department’s leadership.

“Our strategic plan establishes very clear goals that require collaboration, thoughtful decision making and accountability,” said BOE chair Don Horner. “The department has made significant changes and continues to make positive progress under Superintendent Matayoshi’s leadership.”

“Everybody can say we’re listening, we’ve been listening, but what I want to do is say we’ve been listening and this is what we’re going to do,” Matayoshi said. “This is the action that’s being taken to change the teacher evaluation, for example, or some of the other issues that have come up.”

During the meeting, the board heard from a retired school principal who answered questions about the survey. He said earlier there was fear among his colleagues about the potential for retaliation.

Matayoshi said it isn’t true.

“I think the thing that was most concerning to me was that there might even be a fear of retaliation out there,” Matayoshi said. “We’ve really tried to encourage feed back through a variety of ways so the survey was one thing, but we’ve had principal groups with the deputy. We’ve had a number of meetings. There’s been training and opportunity after every training for feedback.”

Matayoshi was first named superintendent in September 2010. Her salary will be determined by a bill the governor has yet to sign (HB 2257).

§26-52 Department heads and executive officers. The salaries of the following state officers shall be as follows:
(1) The salary of the superintendent of education shall be set by the board of education at a rate no greater than $250,000 a year. The superintendent shall be subject to an annual performance evaluation that is in alignment with other employee evaluations within the department of education and are based on outcomes determined by the board of education; provided that nothing shall prohibit the board of education from conditioning a portion of the salary on performance;

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