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Kauai school principal put on leave over complaint

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:52 a.m. HST, May 28, 2013

The principal of Kapaa Middle School on Kauai has been placed an administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a complaint, the Garden Island newspaper reported today.

Principal Nathan Aiwohi has been on administrative leave since April 17, Bill Arakaki, Kauai Complex Area superintendent, told the newspaper. DOE officials declined to comment on the nature of the complaint.

The newspaper said the investigation was launched following an April 6 online petition that listed multiple complaints against Aiwohi, who has been principal since 2007.

Three days later a petition supporting Aiwohi was posted online.

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Kapua91 wrote:
On-line petition against Aiwohi started by parents and teachers. Pro Aiwohi petition started by Aiwohi's wife, Leah, do I see a little bias in this? He does have more signatures for him though.
on May 28,2013 | 01:08PM
false wrote:
Principals walk a fine line between management and professional leadership. The job is extremely complicated by the community politics, DOE philosophical drives and Federal demands. Add to this complicated environment curricula innovations and Response to Interventions, Testing liabilities and Data Management along with teacher idiosyncracies, it's a nightmare. Few can do it well and survive all the alliances that shift like the tides. Take care.
on May 28,2013 | 05:04PM
64hoo wrote:
he probably paddled a few kids that needed it. bring back the paddling of kids if there naughty by the principle or whoever.
on May 28,2013 | 06:08PM
808surfmom wrote:
I am a former substitute teacher, a former parent and a former fundraiser for Wilcox Elementary, not Kapaa Middle. When Nathan Aiwohi took over as Vice Principal of Wilcox Elementary I got to know him. As a substitute who worked for him I knew what was expected of me. He was respectful and supportive, whenever I needed advice or help I received it. As a parent who helped with fundraising having a Vice Principal who was grateful and involved made a huge difference. As the parent of two of his former students I watched as he took control of our school and he raised the bar. He knew where our strengths were and where we were weak and he fixed whatever needed to be fixed. I can honestly say his name is the only one I remember when anyone asks me who was the principal for any of the schools my three kids went to. I know his name because he was the best principal I ever knew and it was an honor to have worked for him. I can not believe you have this great principal out on leave.
on May 28,2013 | 09:18PM
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