Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi today announced Keith Hayashi has accepted the offer to serve as deputy superintendent through the remainder of her term. Hayashi will transition into the deputy position following Stephen Schatz resignation. His official start date will be March 1, 2017.
Hayashi has served as principal at Waipahu High School since 2009. Current assistant principal, Meryl Matsumura, will serve as acting principal until Hayashi's scheduled return on July 1, 2017.
"Keith is a proven educational leader and the success that is taking place at Waipahu High is a testament to his leadership and management skills," said Superintendent Matayoshi. "I'm pleased that he has accepted this role as we continue to strive for equity and excellence for all students. Keith's experience will be valuable as we work towards the goals that I've set to accomplish before my term expires."
During his time at Waipahu High, Hayashi has been accountable for the implementation of the school's academic and financial plans, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation Report, in meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of more than 2,450 students. His responsibilities as a high school principal include student and faculty supports, and among other things partnering with community agencies and area lawmakers to expand student learning opportunities.
"Under Superintendent Matayoshi's leadership we have changed our approach to student learning by using data to analyze the needs of our students and our school community," said Hayashi. "I'm excited to join her in continuing the work from professional development and community partnerships, to creating pathways for student success."
Hayashi is also a former complex area superintendent for the Pearl City – Waipahu Complex Area. In 2014, he was Hawaii High School Principal of the Year and in 2013 he was recognized with the Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award. Hayashi is a graduate of Kaimuki High School. He earned a bachelor and two masters of education degrees (educational administration, and curriculum and instruction) from the University of Hawaii.
Superintendent Matayoshi, who has led the Department since 2010, was deputy under her predecessor Patricia Hamamoto. Matayoshi's term ends on June 30, 2017.