Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama headmaster stepping down

Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama headmaster stepping down

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Earl Kim, Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama campus head of school, will be leaving at the end of the school year, officials told parents in an email.

Kim was named to the position in November 2011, becoming the 11th head of school in the campus' history.

"I am writing to inform you that Pookula Earl Kim will be leaving Kamehameha Schools at the end of the school year to explore new opportunities that could possibly take him closer to his family on the continent," wrote Holoua Stender, Kamehameha Schools executive vice president of education, in an email to parents.

"We know the opportunities that await him will provide new professional challenges while also bringing him closer to friends and family, particularly his elderly father. Kim has announced his resignation and agreed to remain at Kapalama through the remainder of the school year in order to provide KSK as smooth a transition as possible, and to enable the search for a new pookula to begin immediately."

Stender credited Kim with working with campus leaders, faculty and staff to design a clear vision that aligns with the school's strategic plan, and with developing a consistent teacher performance management and evaluation process. He also oversaw the adoption of new Hawaiian language proficiency graduation requirements.

Stender said the search for a new head of school will start immediately.

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