BOE approves salary raises for top education officials

Kathryn Matayoshi, DOE superintendent

Hawaii’s top education officials are getting raises.

The Hawaii Board of Education approved Tuesday salary raises for superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, deputy superintendent Ronn Nozoe, assistant superintendents and complex area superintendents.

Beginning July 1, Matayoshi’s base salary will be $200,000. She was approved for a three-year term at the last BOE meeting on Tuesday, June 3.

Nozoe’s salary will move from $140,000 to $160,000, while assistant superintendents and complex area superintendents will see four percent increases.

In 2000, the superintendent’s salary was capped at $150,000, but in this past legislative session, lawmakers increased the cap to $250,000 and Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the bill into law Monday.

Following the BOE executive session, BOE Chairman Don Horner provided the following statement:

“The Superintendent’s base salary adjustment reflects several factors. First, the position had not received any increase in 14 years and was well below national comparables. Second, the adjustment reflects the solid performance over the last three years in student achievement, significant improvements in fiscal management and accountability as well as the reorganization of the department in alignment with our strategic plan. Lastly, the adjustment reflects the increased annual plan performance objectives and expectations.”

Matayoshi was named superintendent in September 2010.

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