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Board of Education members take office, but for how long?

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Hawaii Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald administered the oath of office to four new Board of Education members today.

The members will serve just a fraction of their four-year terms before the state moves to an appointed BOE, which voters approved in November.

At the swearing-in, board Chairman Garrett Toguchi urged members to move forward on the campaign pledges they made.

“Whether it’s a short period of time or a long period of time, what this opportunity gives to our current board members and our newly-elected board members, is an opportunity for the governor and the legislature to see how we all continue to perform, serving our public schools as best as we can,” he said.

The newly elected BOE members are Maralyn Kurshals, of the Leeward District; Leona Rocha-Wilson, the incoming Maui District member; and Randall Yee and Pamela Young, who have Oahu at-large seats.

Three sitting Board members who won re-election also were inducted: Central District member Eileen Clarke, Oahu at-large member Kim Coco Iwamoto and Windward District member John Penebacker.

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