State School Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi will now have a salary of $200,000. That’s a $50,000 raise. The school board met today in executive session to decide whether Matayoshi would get a pay raise and decided she should get a big one.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie recently signed into law legislation allowing for the cap on superintendent pay to be raised from $150,000 to $250,000 a year.
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 the teachers,” said Darrel Galera.
Those same principals also believe the Department of Education leaders have created a fear of retaliation that keeps principals from speaking out.
Matayoshi just had her contract renewed. Her new contract will start July 1 and extend three years until July 2017.