The Board of Education decided on Tuesday to give Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi a pay raise.
Beginning on July 1, Matayoshi will have an annual base salary of $200,000. Her renewed contract extends three years until 2017.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie recently signed into law legislation allowing for the cap on superintendent pay to be raised from $150,000 a year up to $250,000 annually.
"The Superintendent's base salary adjustment reflects several factors. First, the position had not received any increase in 14 years and was well below national comparables," said BOE Chairman Don Horner. "Second, the adjustment reflects the solid performance over the last three years in student achievement, significant improvements in fiscal management and accountability as well as the reorganization of the department in alignment with our strategic plan. Lastly, the adjustment reflects the increased annual plan performance objectives and expectations."
Matayoshi has been opposed by some local principals who do not believe she has listened to their concerns regarding difficulties implementing core standards and evaluations.
"The question the public and the board need to answer is why didn't the superintendent and the deputy listen to our principals and teachers?" asked former Radford High School principal Darrel Galera.
Those same principals also believe the DOE leaders have created a fear of retaliation that keeps principals from speaking out.
Matayoshi was named superintendent in September 2010. Prior to her appointment, she served as acting and interim superintendent in January 2010 and deputy superintendent in July 2009.