POSTED: 3:25 p.m. HST, Sep 13, 2010
The state Board of Education voted unanimously today to name Kathryn Matayoshi as the superintendent of Hawaii's public schools.
Matayoshi had been serving as interim superintendent. She was one of 24 applicants who applied for the job of leading the Department of Education.
Matayoshi will be paid $150,000 a year. Her contract is for four years.
"We're going to continue the momentum and really push forward our reform agenda," said Matayoshi, after the board vote today.
Matayoshi has a law degree and, before joining the DOE as a deputy superintendent in 2009, she was executive director of the Hawaii Business Roundtable.
The Hawaii Department of Education is the nation's 10th-largest public school system, with a $1.7 billion operating budget, 289 schools, about 178,000 students and 11,500 teachers.