Kathryn Matayoshi named DOE new superintendent

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Board of Education today named Kathryn Matayoshi as the new superintendent for the Hawaii State Department of Education.

At a Board special meeting, Ms. Matayoshi, who has been interim superintendent since January 11, 2010, was voted to serve a four-year term as superintendent at an annual salary of $150,000, contingent upon signing of a contract.

"Ms. Matayoshi's impressive record of accomplishments since joining the Department is a testament to her strong leadership skills, commitment to education, and dedication to Hawaii's public school students, employees and families," said Board Chairman Garrett Toguchi. "Under Ms. Matayoshi, the Department overcame unprecedented budget challenges, kept student achievement rising, and won the highly competitive federal Race to the Top program, securing $75 million for our schools. I'm excited to have her on board and confident she will successfully implement rigorous reforms to prepare students for college and careers."

"I am honored by the Board's vote of confidence. It is with excitement and great pride that I look forward to working alongside our students, teachers, administrators, employees, board members, legislators, policy makers, and the community in reforming and improving Hawaii's public schools," Ms. Matayoshi said.

Ms. Matayoshi, a Hilo High School alumna, arrived at the Department as deputy superintendent in July 2009 to spearhead Hawaii's Race to the Top application and focus on strategic planning. She became acting superintendent following the December 31, 2009, retirement of former Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto.

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