Abercrombie signs bill for appointed Board of Education

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gov. Neil Abercrombie Monday signed Senate Bill 8, which establishes the appointment process for the Board of Education.

Abercrombie has until April 1 to submit his nominees for boards and commissions to the Senate for confirmation this legislative session.

He  encourages people interested in serving on the BOE and other boards to apply through his website: www.hawaii.gov.

"We welcome every person interested in serving on the Board of Education to apply," Abercrombie said. "We need people who are committed to Hawaii's students and who can help bring change to public education in Hawaii."

The board will consist of nine members; three from Oahu, three at large, and one each from Hawaii Island, Maui and Kauai.

Abercrombie will also select the chairperson.

One of the nine appointees will be First Hawaiian Bank Chief Executive Officer Don Horner, who currently serves on the board.

Abercrombie appointed Horner to fill a vacancy on the BOE with the intention of Horner to serve on the BOE long term.

BOE members oversee the Department of Education, which has a $1.7 billion operational budget.

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