The Hawaii Board of Education chair said Thursday the board will discuss distance learning options for next school year at its next meeting on July 15, just a little more than two weeks before most public school students are scheduled to return to class.
After nearly four years at the helm of the Hawaii State Department of Education, Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto will not seek to renew her contract. Her term ends July 30.
A discussion by the Board of Education Thursday about bringing more public school students back to campuses in the fourth quarter showed while most people support the idea, there are numerous concerns about the readiness, the ability, and reality of increasing on-campus learning in the weeks ahead.
The HSTA Board of Directors voted unanimously to advocate that the Hawaii Board of Education not renew the employment contract of Dr. Christina Kishimoto for superintendent of the Department of Education. Her current contract expires July 31.
"State officials should opt to delay the Aug. 4 start for students by up to a week, while tasking school facilities to hammer out, absorb and train up on more-through plans," the newspaper editorialized Wednesday.