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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, January 4, 2010

Kathryn Matayoshi hopes to make Hawaii school superintendent job permanent

Advertiser Staff

State Board of Education Chairman Garrett Toguchi held a press conference this afternoon with acting superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi to talk about the process of selecting a new chief for the state’s public school system.

The BOE is likely to hold a special meeting next week to boost Matayoshi's status to interim superintendent of schools.
While the BOE has not yet decided on a process for selecting a permanent chief for the public school system, Matayoshi stood next to Toguchi and publicly announced her intentions to seek the job.
“The work that Pat (Hamamoto) has done leads me to believe that yes, I would apply for the job. I would want to continue that work,” Matayoshi said.
Matayoshi joined the DOE six months ago as deputy superintendent of schools after serving at the executive director of the Hawaii Business Roundtable. Matayoshi was also the director of the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs from 1995 to 2002. She also held positions with the Honolulu Board of Water Supply and Hawaiian Electric Company.
Ronn Nozoe, a current Honolulu complex area superintendent, took over as acting deputy superintendent.