A variety committee led by the Board of Training chairwoman has named a highschool principal and veteran administrator as its selection to guide Hawaii’s public faculties after they absolutely reopen within the fall after greater than a 12 months of largely on-line lessons in the course of the pandemic.
Waipahu Excessive College Principal Keith Hayashi, who should nonetheless be accepted by the total board subsequent month, would take over as interim superintendent on Aug. 1 whereas the board conducts a extra sturdy seek for a everlasting superintendent anticipated to be chosen someday subsequent spring.
The brand new interim superintendent will substitute Christina Kishimoto, who has served within the function for 4 years however decided not to seek a new term once her contract is up on the finish of July.
Hayashi, Waipahu’s principal since 2009, has had the job earlier than. He took the reins for the month of July in 2017 to bridge the time between former superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi’s departure and Kishimoto’s begin date.
BOE chairwoman Catherine Payne mentioned she and different members of the advisory committee, together with board members Margaret Cox, Dwight Takeno and Bruce Voss, believed Hayashi was “one of the best candidate to satisfy the crucial challenges going through our faculties over the following few months.”
“He has expertise as a trainer, principal, complicated space superintendent, interim deputy superintendent, and, briefly, as an performing state superintendent,” Payne mentioned. “I’m assured that he’s the correct particular person to guide our faculties in the course of the tough months forward.”
The Division of Training superintendent oversees Hawaii’s single district Ok-12 college system of 294 faculties and roughly 174,000 complete college students, plus 22,000 personnel together with some 13,500 lecturers.
Except for the total reopening of lecture rooms, the DOE should leverage a large quantity of federal COVID-19 aid funds to assist college students who fell behind in the course of the pandemic whereas bracing for an anticipated $124 million funding gap for the 2021-23 fiscal biennium.
Hayashi beat out a subject of 14 candidates, together with the outgoing president of the Hawaii State Teachers Association Corey Rosenlee, who was amongst Kishimoto’s fiercest critics. 5 finalists have been granted an interview, in response to a memo posted Friday. The BOE was on account of vote on the advice throughout its June 17 common enterprise assembly.
Hayashi has lengthy been praised, together with by Kishimoto as recently as several months ago, for his management of one of many state’s largest excessive faculties, which has an enrollment of roughly 2,800.
Waipahu Excessive’s career academy program that allows students to select a specific pathway to help groom skills in a certain industry is seen as a number one mannequin within the state whereas its Early School program, through which excessive schoolers could accrue school credit score earlier than graduating, has won accolades from Gov. David Ige and different state leaders.
A graduate of Kaimuki Excessive and the College of Hawaii, Hayashi additionally served because the complicated space superintendent for Pearl Metropolis-Waipahu and was named the Hawaii Excessive College Principal of the Yr in 2014.
He at the moment makes someplace between $138,790 and $196,470 yearly as a highschool principal; the advisory committee advisable that the interim superintendent earn $210,000 per 12 months.
“I’m assured that he’s the correct particular person to guide our faculties in the course of the tough months forward.” — BOE chairwoman Catherine Payne
The interim superintendent will serve till a everlasting substitute is in place, which is more likely to be“by way of not less than March 2022” in response to the BOE’s specifications, although “the precise service interval will closely depend upon different circumstances.”
The job description known as for an interim chief in a position to tackle studying loss and the social-emotional wants of scholars; develop and talk clear and well timed plans to advertise secure in-person studying; and who can “restore belief and confidence in management by way of clear, well timed, and clear steering and communication” to folks, college students and workers.
The board additionally sought somebody with a deep understanding of Hawaii’s instructional system; who can develop robust relationships with folks inside and outdoors the DOE and with stakeholders; and develop an “empathetic organizational tradition.”
The interim superintendent was not precluded from making use of for the longer-term function however that might be accomplished by way of a separate search process involving an outdoor agency.
With the COVID-19 pandemic easing due to a mass vaccination ramp-up that now consists of youngsters as younger as 12, the varsity system seems to be heading towards a way of normalcy.
Kishimoto, a Bronx native who has not but introduced her future plans, has mentioned all DOE faculties might be absolutely reopened by the brand new college 12 months, and the union didn’t object since not less than 11,000 lecturers have been absolutely vaccinated.
Kishimoto’s ultimate 12 months of management was buffeted with criticism by the union and other stakeholders as she failed to obviously articulate a plan to reopen faculties or present a top quality distance studying curriculum for college students on the peak of the general public well being disaster.
So tenuous was her public reception during the last 12 months that state lawmakers acquired concerned, pushing a bill through this past session that will require the BOE to prioritize a neighborhood candidate who had spent not less than a decade within the DOE to guide the faculties.
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