Board of Education approves leadership salaries


The Hawaii State Board of Education approves salary adjustments to Hawaii State Department of Education management positions, citing progress meeting Strategic Plan goals.

​​​HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) today took action on Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) management salaries, including the salaries of Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe, assistant superintendents and complex area superintendents.

Beginning July 1, the base salary for the DOE Superintendent will be $200,000. Matayoshi was approved for a three-year term at the last BOE meeting on Tuesday, June 3. Nozoe's salary will move from $140,000 to $160,000, while assistant superintendents and complex area superintendents will see 4 percent increases.

The superintendent's salary was capped in 2000 by the Legislature at $150,000. In the recently completed 2014 legislative session, lawmakers passed HB 2257, which increases the cap to $250,000. Yesterday, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the bill into law.

Following the BOE executive session, BOE Chairman Don Horner provided the following statement:

Horner stated: "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. 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 was named superintendent in September 2010. Prior to her appointment, she served as acting and interim superintendent (January 2010) and deputy superintendent (July 2009). For more information, please visit​.

For more information, please contact BOE Executive Director Liann Ebesugawa at 808-586-3334.


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Donalyn Dela Cruz

Phone: 808-586-3232



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