Hawaii State Department of Education
From The Superintendent's Update, Jan 24, 2002...
The Board of Education on January 10 approved Superintendent Patricia Hamamotos proposal to replace the DOEs current district administrative units with smaller units comprising two or three school complexes, each headed by a complex area superintendent. The first changes took effect January 22.
Organizing by smaller complex groupings will allow each administrator to better focus on supporting the needs of their schools, while providing more meaningful supervision and accountability expectations of the principals and schools, said Superintendent Hamamoto. Complexes represent a more manageable scope of responsibility, situate resources and decision making closer to the schools, and improve student support as a continuum from kindergarten to graduation.
A complex is composed of a high school and the intermediate/middle and elementary schools that feed into it.
Oahu changed from four districts to nine complex areas; Kauai remains a single unit. Maui and Hawaii Districts will reorganize in February. By converting existing district superintendent and deputy district superintendent positions, the total number of administrative positions will stay the same.
During opening day speeches on January 16, Senate President Robert Bunda said: I want to publicly commend School Superintendent Pat Hamamoto who is taking steps to decentralize the school districts in order to put the resources where they are most needed.
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