August 23, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan
The Hawaii Board of Education met at Waiakea Intermediate School in Hilo on Thursday, and voted 8-0 to keep Kohala Middle School open.
The vote went as expected, based on the recommendations of interim Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi (a Hilo native) and a board committee.
Several weeks ago, it appeared as if the BOE would ignore the findings of the Kohala Schools Consolidation Task Force, which reported in January that the Kohala schools should not be consolidated. However, a few days later Matayoshi appeared to have a change of heart, and indicated that the cost saving measure would require major capital improvements at the high and elementary schools. The Kohala community held a “Save Kohala Middle School” rally just for good measure.
Kohala Middle dates back to 1926. It currently has 196 students and 15 teachers.
Extended video from the Hilo BOE meeting
|INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT KATHRYN MATAYOSHI COMES HOME
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The interim superintendent of the Department of Education, Kathryn Matayoshi, returns home to Hilo to take part in the Hawaii Board of Education meeting held at Waiakea Intermediate. Matayoshi talks about a number of quick items, including an update on the federal jobs bill that was passed in Washington and will make $39 million available to support school level positions in Hawaii.