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Governor David Ige issued an Emergency Proclamation dated December 29, 2021,  suspending the requirement of having at least one meeting location open to the public, Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 92-3.7, remote meeting by interactive conference technology; notice; quorum, to enable boards to conduct meetings without any board members or members of the public physically present in the same location. 

The Board of Education will be holding virtual meetings until further notice. Go to for information on how to listen to these virtual meetings.






Bill Arakaki      Shanty Asher      Kaimana Barcarse     Lyla Berg

     Lynn Fallin     Kili Namauʻu     Bruce Voss     

Catherine Payne, Chairperson

Kenneth Uemura, Vice Chairperson


Thursday, January 20, 2022

1:30 p.m. 

Virtual Meeting

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Written testimonies on Board agenda items *Materials added 01/20/2022 at 11:04 a.m.

Late testimony submitted after deadline *Materials added 01/21/2022 at 4:00 p.m.


  1. Call to Order

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes of December 16, 2021

  1. Reports of Board of Education (“Board”) Committees, Board Members, and Superintendent

  1. Human Resources Committee Report on:  (1) Presentation on teacher positions filled; 5-year teacher retention rates; and effectiveness of teacher shortage differentials in the areas of special education, hard-to-staff, and Hawaiian language immersion programs on teacher vacancies and retention


  1. Update on Investigative Committee (a permitted interaction group pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes, Section 92-2.5(b)(1)) concerning search for a superintendent:  Advisory group, contract with National Association of State Boards of Education, Advisory group selection, superintendent job description and competencies, contract with National Association of State Boards of Education

  1. Action Items

NOTE:  Testimony relevant to each agenda item will be taken before the Board considers the item.

  1. Board Action on report, findings, and recommendations of evaluation team (including a permitted interaction group pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 92-2.5(b)(1)) tasked with conducting the performance evaluation of the State Public Charter School Commission

  1. Discussion Items 

NOTE:  Testimony relevant to each agenda item will be taken before the Board considers the item.

  1. Presentation on Red Hill water contamination effects on Department of Education schools, staff, students, and community 

  1. Presentation on COVID-19 Update for 2021-2022 school year:  data on positive student and staff cases, staff and student attendance rates, status of school-hosted vaccination sites, status of COVID-19 testing, Department employee and student vaccination rates, status of Department workforce shortages, supports for students, masking requirements, supports for school safety protocols

  1. Late Public Testimony on Board Agenda Items

NOTE: Anyone who missed the opportunity to testify before the relevant agenda item will be allowed to testify at the end of the meeting.

  1. Adjournment

Written testimony may be submitted on any agenda item and is strongly encouraged as the primary means of submitting testimony. Anyone wishing to testify orally must sign up in advance using the form posted here: Please note that you will need to register and log in to Webex to testify orally. Testimony over the phone will not be accepted at this time. Each individual is allotted four (4) minutes, or an amount of time otherwise designated by the Chairperson, to provide oral testimony to the Board. In accordance with Hawaii’s Sunshine Law (Hawaii Revised Statutes, Chapter 92), testimony should be related to an item that is on the agenda. 

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Catherine Payne, Board Chairperson

January 20, 2022 General Business Meeting (Virtual)