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As part of the response to the threat of COVID-19, Governor David Ige issued a Ninth Supplementary Proclamation dated June 10, 2020, suspending Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 92, Public Agency Meetings and Records, to the extent necessary to enable boards as defined in Section 92-2, to conduct meetings without any board members or members of the public physically present in the same location, among other things.


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Shanty Asher      Kaimana Barcarse      Margaret Cox      Lynn Fallin

     Kili Namauʻu     Dwight Takeno     Kenneth Uemura     Bruce Voss    

Hunter Harris (student representative)   Captain Lyn Yatko (military representative)

Catherine Payne, Chairperson

Kenneth Uemura, Vice Chairperson


Thursday, July 23, 2020

1:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting


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I.          Call to Order

II.          *Public Testimony on Board of Education ("Board") Agenda Items 

NOTE: Written testimony is strongly encouraged. Anyone wishing to testify orally must sign up in advance and log in to WebEx. Testimony over the phone will not be accepted at this time. See below for more information.

July 23, 2020 GBM Testimony Part 1 (Pages 1-1000) *New material added 07/22/2020 at 3:19 p.m.*

July 23, 2020 Testimony Part 2 (Pages 1001-2000) *New material added 07/22/2020 at 5:08 p.m.*

July 23, 2020 Testimony Part 3 (Pages 2001-3000) *New material added 7/22/2020 at 7:46 p.m.*

July 23, 2020 Testimony Part 4 (Pages 3001-4000) *New material added 7/22/2020 at 8:04 p.m.*

July 23, 2020 Testimony Part 5 (Late Testimony) *New material added 7/28/2020 at 3:19 p.m.*

III.         Approval of Meeting Minutes of July 9, 2020

IV.         Reports of Board Committees, Board Members, and Superintendent

A. Finance and Infrastructure Committee Report on:  Presentation on Department of Education's financial plan supporting its comprehensive plan for reopening schools for the 2020-2021 School Year:  budget appropriations from 2020 Legislative Session; unspent carryover amounts from the 2019-2020 school year; plan for reprioritization of existing funds, assistance from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency ("HI-EMA") and timeline for these HI-EMA funds; Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief ("ESSR") Funds (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ("CARES") Funds awarded directly to the Department for K-12 education); potential sources of additional funds; additional cost of reopening schools for 2020-2021 School Year; and anticipated shortfalls and potential impacts of anticipated shortfalls

V.          *Public Testimony on Board Agenda Items   

VI.          Action Items

A. Board Action on findings and recommendations of Investigative committee (a permitted interaction group pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 92-2.5(b)(1)) concerning Board and standing committee strategic priorities for the 2020-2021 school year

B. Board Action on State Librarian's evaluation for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year: State Librarian's Priorities

C. Board Action on Superintendent's evaluation for the 2020-2021 School Year: Superintendent's Priorities and strategic plan indicator targets

D. Board Action on metrics to monitor and evaluate the Department of Education's comprehensive plan for reopening schools for the 2020-2021 School Year, including student access to devices and connectivity; personal protective equipment and sanitation supply needs; student attendance; and student academic status and progress

E. Board Action on Board Action on Board Policy 500-20, entitled "School Community Council Waivers and School Community Council Exceptions," and School Community Council Process and Procedures for Requesting Waivers from Policies, Rules, or Procedures

F. Board Action on authorizing a Board Member to represent the Board in successor bargaining with the Hawaii State Teachers Association (Bargaining Unit 5) and authorizing a Board Member to represent the Board of Education in successor bargaining with the Hawaii Government Employees Association (Bargaining Unit 6)

G. Board Action on temporary discontinuance of extra compensation for classroom teachers in special education, hard-to-staff geographical locations, and Hawaiian language immersion programs for the 2020-2021 school year

H. Board Action on Memorandum of Understanding between State of Hawaii Board of Education and Hawaii State Teachers Association (SY 2020-2021 COVID-19 Response):  2017-2021 contractual modifications and conditions of work related to COVID-19 response for Bargaining Unit 5 employees

VII.         Adjournment


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                                                                                                                     Catherine Payne, Board Chairperson