HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Board of Education members unanimously approved a new three-year contract for Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi despite a last-minute push to replace her.
During Tuesday's BOE meeting, a few people asked members to delay a decision until concerns highlighted in a recent survey were addressed. Principals pointed to problems such as flawed implementation of new evaluations and fears of retaliation for complaints.
"If the principals do not feel supported, or if they don't feel heard, then it will be demoralizing and they will not be able to be effective leaders," said retired principal Darrel Galera.
Matayoshi said feedback is encouraged and that potential changes are being reviewed to streamline teacher evaluations.
"We've been incorporating all of the feedback into one big mass and trying to organize it and then really respond with actions. Everybody can say, 'We've been listening, we've been listening,' but what I want to be able to do is say, 'We've been listening and this is what we're going to do,'" said Matayoshi.
The superintendent's current contract ends June 30. Matayoshi earns $150,000 a year, which is the lowest salary among school districts of comparable size. The legislature passed a bill in May to increase the salary cap to $250,000. The governor is still reviewing the measure.