Hawaii’s board of education will search for a new schools superintendent to succeed Kathryn Matayoshi when her contract ends June 30, even though she has expressed the desire to stay.
Last month, the board gave Matayoshi, who took over as acting superintendent in January 2010, a positive annual performance evaluation, saying she exceeds expectations in “overall rating” and in “overall management abilities” and fully meets expectations in “performance objectives and program accomplishments.”
However, critics have questioned her leadership, and principals complained about a lack of support and of the “top down” management that reduced their decisionmaking ability at schools. In addition, they complained of sweeping academic reforms that dragged down morale.
A version of this article appeared in the November 02, 2016 edition of Education Week as Hawaii Board to Replace State Schools Chief