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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
UPDATE: Galera Quits, BoE Resumes Search for Superintendent
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 7244 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics


From Hawaii BoE March 14, 2017

The position for Superintendent has been posted and is available here:  The deadline for the submittal of all application material is April 6, 2017. 

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Darrel Galera statement March 13, 2017:

“Regarding my announcement last week to resign from the Board of Education and apply for superintendent, I have decided (to) withdraw my application so the search can continue without the distraction caused by my application. My overarching goal is to transform our education system to provide our students with educational opportunities that are second to none. My sincere apology to our Governor, the members of the Board of Education, and to everyone else affected by the timing of my actions.”

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Superintendent Search Process on Track

News Release from Hawaii BoE, March 13, 2017

HONOLULU – The Board of Education’s (Board) Search Committee announced that, after a brief delay, it will be posting the Superintendent position on March 14, 2017. The next step in the search process was delayed due to concerns about the process resulting from a press release last week that announced that former Board member Darrel Galera resigned from the Board to apply to be Superintendent. These concerns were resolved after former Board member Galera made a public statement earlier today withdrawing his intent to apply for the Superintendent position. As a result, the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation notified the committee that it would continue its financial support for the search through a grant it awarded to the Board.

“I appreciate that Darrel has reconsidered his decision to apply for Superintendent,” said Lance Mizumoto, chairperson of the committee conducting the Superintendent search. “The Search Committee continues to encourage all qualified candidates to apply and reiterates that everyone will go through the same screening process and every applicant will be considered on an equal playing field. All applications are confidential and no decision will be made until all applications are reviewed and appropriate interviews conducted.”

“The Search Committee appreciates the forthright statements of a public that is unafraid to speak up and who is passionate about the education of our students. As public servants, we have the same desire for a system that is transparent and have worked to develop a process that intends to provide this transparency and provides the public with the ability to provide feedback,” said Patricia Bergin, member of the committee conducting the Superintendent search. “We look forward to moving ahead in this process and completing one of the most important powers bestowed upon the Board of Education—appointing the Superintendent of our public school system.”

Last week the Board adopted a job description and characteristics for the Superintendent position to aid in the search for a new Superintendent. The Board released a survey to the public to get feedback from parents, students, teachers, administrators, community members, businesses, and other stakeholders on the most desired characteristics for a Superintendent.

For more information about the Superintendent search, please visit the Board’s Superintendent Search page here: Superintendent-Search-2017.aspx.

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Delay of Search Process

From Hawaii Board of Education March 10, 2017

The Search Committee is delaying the search process while evaluating the current situation and working to resolve issues surrounding Harold K.L. Castle Foundation's financial support of the Superintendent search process.  As part of this, the position will not be posted today as originally anticipated under the search timeline.  We appreciate the support of the foundation and are hopeful that the issues can be resolved and the foundation can continue its support of a fair and transparent search for the Superintendent. (March 10, 2017)

Superintendent Job Description

At its March 7, 2017 meeting, the Board approved a job description for the Superintendent position.  The job description is available here.  The Board also approved a set of characteristics that it will look for in a Superintendent.  This set of characteristics was developed based on data received via a public survey that was conducted in February and is available here.  (March 9, 2017)

Superintendent Search Process Remains Open and Transparent

The Board's Search Committee issued a statement in regards to Darrel Galera's resignation and the Superintendent search process.  The press release and statement can be viewed here. (March 7, 2017)

Superintendent Characteristics Survey Closed

The survey closed on February 27, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.  Thank you to everyone that participated in the survey.  The results will be discussed at the Board's March 7, 2017 General Business Meeting  (February 27, 2017)

Superintendent Characteristics Survey

The Board wants to know what you think are the most important characteristics for a Superintendent.  Access the survey here.  The survey will be open until February 27, 2017, 8:00 a.m.  (February 6, 2017)

Advisory Group Established

The search process allows for the Search Committee to identify individuals to serve on an Advisory Group to assist the Search Committee with the identification of final candidates.  The Search Committee has identified the individuals and groups that they represent and will update the Board at its January 10, 2017 general business meeting.  (January 7, 2017)

​Search Process Adopted and Search Committee Formed

On December 20, 2016, the Board adopted the search process recommended by its Search Process Committee.  The search process is described in this memorandum.  The Board also established a Search Committee to conduct the search process.  The members of the Search Committee are Board Chairperson Lance Mizumoto and Board Members Patricia Bergin and Kenneth Uemura.  (December 21, 2016)


Search Timeline

  • March 7, 2017 Board adopts Superintendent Characteristics and Job Description.
  • March 10, 2017 Position posted.
  • April 6, 2017 Deadline for all application materials.
  • Mid-April, 2017 Search Committee interviews no more than 10 candidates and Advisory Group and Students participate in interviews virtually (1st round).
  • April 26, 2017 Search Committee presents Final Candidates in report to the Board at Board Meeting.
  • Late April – Early May, 2017 Final Candidates meet with stakeholders.
  • May 11, 2017 Board interviews Final Candidates (2nd round) and selects Finalist.**

**Name of Finalist will not be announced until the Finalist is under contract.



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