STATE OF HAWAII
BOARD OF EDUCATION
GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING

MINUTES

Queen Liliuokalani Building
1390 Miller Street, Room 404
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Thursday, June 21, 2018

PRESENT:
Lance Mizumoto, Chairperson
Brian De Lima, Esq., Vice Chairperson
Patricia Bergin
Margaret Cox
Nolan Kawano
Hubert Minn
Kili Namau‘u
Kenneth Uemura
Bruce Voss, Esq.
Maya Gee (student representative)
Colonel Neil Mahabir (military representative)

EXCUSED:
None

ALSO PRESENT:
Christina Kishimoto, Superintendent
Tiffany Frias, Educational Specialist, Student Activities
Alison Kunishige, Executive Director
Kenyon Tam, Board Analyst
Regina Pascua, Board Private Secretary
Irina Dana, Secretary

I. Call to Order

The Board of Education (“Board”) General Business Meeting was called to order by Board Chairperson Lance Mizumoto at 1:32 p.m.


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

Board Chairperson Mizumoto asked for public testimony. There was no public testimony at this time.

Written testimony was also received and provided to Board Members. The following is a listing of the people that submitted written testimony before the testimony deadline.

Name
Organization
Agenda Item
Position
Jim Shon Hawaii Educational Policy CenterN/A Comment


III. Approval of Meeting Minutes of June 7, 2018

ACTION: Motion to approve the General Business Meeting minutes of June 7, 2018 (De Lima/Cox). The motion carried unanimously with all members present voting aye.


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

Human Resources Committee Chairperson Brian De Lima reported that the committee received a presentation from Cynthia Covell (Assistant Superintendent of Talent Management, Office of Human Resources) and Nathan Murata (Dean, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa) regarding the TECC’s annual report. He highlighted that the committee received updated information regarding TECC’s activities and highlights of its five-year plan, which centers around six objectives, including building capacity locally, increasing the satisfaction of in-service teachers, providing meaningful incentives for recruitment and retention, effectively marketing the teaching profession, meeting local needs with other approaches, and improving the special education teaching experience. Committee Chairperson De Lima highlighted that the committee also received testimony from Corey Rosenlee (President, Hawaii State Teachers Association). He noted that all parties appear to agree that collaboration between teachers, the Department of Education (“Department”), and the community is necessary in order to focus on teacher recruitment and retention. He highlighted that TECC is making progress and would continue to make progress as it focuses on and addresses student achievement.

Finance and Infrastructure Committee Chairperson Kenneth Uemura reported that the committee received an update on the status of implementation of school impact fee districts. He noted that the Department plans to implement impact fees on August 1, 2018, rather than July 1, 2018, as was reported at a prior committee meeting. He noted that the committee asked the Department to provide a review and update on the cost for student rates at the next committee meeting. The committee also received an update on the Department’s status on Act 155. The committee asked the Department to implement steps it discussed in previous meetings, such as a request for information, in order to move its process forward. Committee Chairperson Uemura stated that the committee received a final update on the HawaiiPay Project status for converting the State of Hawaii’s payroll system. He noted that the committee expressed concerns regarding risks, lack of identification of impacts, security, and timeframes. He stated that the committee asked the HawaiiPay team to provide a more detailed report in the future and to be more responsive to the committee’s questions.

Christina Kishimoto, Superintendent, reported that she had the opportunity to attend the 30th anniversary of Hawaii’s Student Leadership Conference. She expressed appreciation for Student Representative Maya Gee for her leadership on the Board as well as her representation of the student voice component of the Board and Department Joint Strategic Plan (“Strategic Plan”).

Kishimoto stated that the Joint Venture Education Forum (“JVEF”) held its last meeting for the school year, and she expressed appreciation for Military Representative Colonel Santa Ana. She highlighted that she was able to attend the final meeting that they co-led together. Kishimoto emphasized the importance of JVEF, collaboration, and ensuring that military families receive support.

Kishimoto detailed a one-week computer science training program at the University of Hawaii designed for all content area educators and highlighted that the University of Hawaii received a National Science Foundation grant to provide high-level training to three cohorts of 60 teachers over the next three years. She further highlighted that she attended the program’s kick-off event at the University of Hawaii.

Kishimoto stated that she joined the Governor for his signing of House Bill 2407, which allots $500,000 in funding to the Department for computer science professional development in public schools.

Kishimoto detailed an awards banquet at the Ala Moana Hotel. The Department celebrated coaches at the Oahu Interscholastic Association’s dinner. She expressed appreciation for Donna Lum Kagawa (Assistant Superintendent, Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Support), Phyllis Unebesami (Deputy Superintendent), and Complex Area Superintendents (“CAS”) for attending and showing appreciation for coaches.

Kishimoto stated that the Hui for Excellence in Education and other various organizations convened at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii to hold parent forums similar to parent forums that Kishimoto has held in the past. Kishimoto highlighted that she had an opportunity to work with these organizations.

Kishimoto stated that the Department is holding several search processes for CASs. She noted that the Department would be closing the Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area search shortly. She noted that Rodney Luke, who was the previous Pearl City-Waipahu CAS, is now the Assistant Superintendent of the Office of Strategy, Innovation, and Performance, while Clayton Kaninau served as Interim CAS. Similarly, Kagawa most recently served as the CAS for the Farrington-Kaiser-Kailani Complex Area and is now the Assistant Superintendent of the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Support. Catherine Payne has been serving as the interim Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani CAS but would soon be serving as Chairperson of the Board. Kishimoto highlighted that the Department is finishing the search process for Kagawa’s successor. Kishimoto stated that the Department would be starting its search process for a CAS for the Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area. She noted that its current CAS, Ruth Silberstein, would be transitioning to a coach role and will coach new CASs and provide high-level leadership support as she transitions to retirement later in the year. Kishimoto highlighted that the Department wants to take advantage of Silberstein’s years of experience for quality succession planning.

Kishimoto stated that the Department is searching for or identifying an individual who will be a dedicated safety leader on Hawaii Island. This individual would work during the summer and throughout the school year to address issues in regards to volcanic activity.

Kishimoto highlighted that the Department is holding various professional development courses over the summer, including grading and report card training, design thinking, financial literacy, art integration, computer science standards training, differentiated special education training, Avid reading strategies training, and the Education Leadership Institute, which is training for Assistant Superintendents, CASs, and school-level leaders.

Kishimoto detailed the Seamless Summer Option program, which serves breakfast and lunch meals at select locations, Monday through Friday, free of charge to all children 18-years old and younger. The program is available at 69 of the Department’s public schools. She highlighted that in 2017, the Department served over 27,000 lunch and breakfast meals.

Student Representative Gee reported that the Student Leadership Conference recently had its 30th anniversary. The theme for this year’s conference was “Our World, Our Story.” Student Representative Gee stated it chose this theme because people of different cultures, backgrounds, and ethnicities unite Hawaii, and the conference wanted to highlight this and how it comes into play in the school system. She noted that there were group dynamics, or workshops, during the event, which focused on the diversity and story of public schools. The six group dynamics focused on the six components of Board Policy E-3, entitled “Nâ Hopena A‘o (HÂ).” Student Representative Gee detailed that student leaders facilitated group dynamics, and a student leader from the Hawaii State Student Council (“HSSC”) taught each workshop. Student Representative Gee detailed that the event was held at the Hawaii Convention Center, and students stayed at University of Hawaii at Manoa dorms overnight. She highlighted that over 300 students attended and added that Kishimoto attended as well. She noted that students attended breakout sessions on service projects, student voice, diversity, acceptance, and other topics.

Student Representative Gee highlighted the accomplishments of Kealakehe High School’s Seal of Biliteracy students. She noted that the turnout of students this year was larger compared to last year because more students are aware of the Seal of Biliteracy. Student Representative Gee highlighted that she promoted the Seal of Biliteracy within her school in the past year and helped to raise awareness. She further highlighted that Kealakehe High School’s principal individually recognized each student and the language they spoke before and during the graduation ceremony.

Student Representative Gee stated she, the HSSC Chairperson, and the former executive board member from HSSC facilitated School Year (“SY”) 2018-2019 Board Student Representative application process. She noted that they received seven applicants, including three students from Kealakehe High School, one student from Kauai High School, one student from Waimea High School, one student from Kaiser High School, and one student from Moanalua High School. She detailed that students filled out a paper application, which included questions regarding why they would like to be the next Board Student Representative. Facilitators reviewed applications and chose who would move to the interview process. Student Representative Gee highlighted that Board Chairperson Mizumoto was included in the decision. Student Representative Gee introduced David Texeira as the Board Student Representative for SY 2018-2019. She highlighted that he will serve as the first Board Student Representative from the island of Kauai. She further highlighted that Texeira answered hard questions and showed that he did his research and was ready to serve.

Texeira expressed his appreciation and shared that he was excited to work with Board Members and to serve the students of Hawaii.


V. *Public Testimony on Board Agenda Items

Board Chairperson Mizumoto asked for public testimony. There was no public testimony at this time.

VI. Action Items
Board Chairperson Mizumoto stated that the Board’s ultimate goal is to graduate students with the skills that they need to go on to higher education and careers. He highlighted that the Board is proud of the thousands of seniors who graduated from the Department’s public schools this year, including Student Representative Gee, and this resolution recognizes their hard work and achievement.

ACTION: Motion to adopt the resolution recognizing the Class of 2018 (De Lima/Minn). The motion carried unanimously with all members present voting aye.

Tiffany Frias, Educational Specialist, Student Activities, presented Representative Gee with a scholarship check and highlighted the Department’s partnerships.

Board Chairperson Mizumoto expressed appreciation for Military Representative Colonel Santa Ana. He stated that Military Representative Colonel Santa Ana was unable to be here today and that Military Representative Colonel Neil Mahabir was attending in his place.

Military Representative Colonel Mahabir stated that Military Representative Colonel Santa Ana was honored to be a part of the Board and its processes. He noted that Military Representative Colonel Santa Ana has children who attend Hawaii’s public schools whom the Board’s decisions positively affected.

Board Chairperson Mizumoto stated that Military Representative Colonel Santa Ana and was insightful and brought a different dimension to Board discussions.

ACTION: Motion to adopt the resolution recognizing Colonel Peter Santa Ana for his service (De Lima/Cox). The motion carried unanimously with all members present voting aye.

Board Chairperson Mizumoto highlighted Board Member Hubert Minn’s service over the past three years.

ACTION: Motion to adopt the resolution recognizing Board Member Hubert Minn for his service (De Lima/Cox). The motion carried unanimously with all members present voting aye.

Board Member Hubert Minn expressed appreciation for the Governor allowing him to return as a Board Member and highlighted the Board’s many accomplishments, including the Strategic Plan and its hiring of a Superintendent. He thanked fellow Board Members, Department staff, and teachers.

Board Vice Chairperson De Lima highlighted Board Chairperson Mizumoto’s service. He detailed Board Chairperson Mizumoto’s extensive experience in finance, business, administration, and management and further detailed his accomplishments, such as chairing the Audit Committee and working with the Department to extend its Strategic Plan to guide education in Hawaii through 2020. Board Vice Chairperson De Lima highlighted that Board Chairperson Mizumoto championed partnerships between private industry, the community, and the Department; advocated for looking at issues in different ways; guided the Board through its reevaluation of its strategic direction and leadership changes; and encouraged the establishment and formalization of processes and procedures.

ACTION: Motion to adopt the resolution recognizing Board Chairperson Lance Mizumoto for his service (De Lima/Voss). The motion carried unanimously with all members present voting aye.

Board Chairperson Mizumoto detailed his community service experience as a Board Member. He noted that being a Board Member provided him with insight and stated that the public education system is in need of support and improvement. Board Chairperson Mizumoto thanked the Governor for giving him to the opportunity to serve as Chairperson of the Board. He highlighted working with his fellow Board Members and further highlighted the importance of the Board having members with broad and different perspectives. He noted that different perspectives helped Board Members in their work on the Strategic Plan and in choosing a Superintendent. Board Chairperson Mizumoto thanked Board Members, Kishimoto, Department leadership, and Board staff for their expertise and support. Board Chairperson Mizumoto stated that he looks forward to Catherine Payne’s leadership.

Kishimoto reviewed her priorities for SY 2018-2019. She highlighted that her priorities include specific priority and leadership areas, which are also part of her evaluation. These areas include equity and access; safe learning environments that support students’ well-being; student-centered school design; staff professional development, recruitment, and retention; and community engagement. She noted that the Board developed its set of priorities, including five priority areas, and she aligned her priorities with the priorities that the Board defined. Kishimoto stated that her priorities overlap with the implementation of the Strategic Plan in terms of responsibility for implementing the Strategic Plan, Strive HI reports, and other data reports.

Board Vice Chairperson De Lima expressed concern over Kishimoto’s priorities related to equity and access. He noted that in the Board’s equity and access priority area, the Board specifically referenced special education and English learners (“EL”). He stated that he would like Kishimoto’s priorities to reference special education and ELs within the priority area of equity and access. Kishimoto stated that she could cross-reference specific priorities. She explained that she included specific deliverables, such as Title X, within the priority area of equity and access, and she included special education and ELs within the priority area of student-centered school design. She noted that she could cross-reference or add an asterisk so that the priorities are clearer. Board Vice Chairperson De Lima expressed comfort with Kishimoto’s explanation and stated he would accept a cross-reference for clarity.

Board Member Margaret Cox stated that she supported Kishimoto’s priorities. She highlighted Kishimoto’s emergency planning work on Hawaii Island. Board Member Cox stated that she would like Kishimoto’s emergency planning work to be included in her priorities. She stated that she is unsure of how add it to the evaluation process but emphasized the importance of including work that took time and energy.

ACTION: Motion to adopt the Superintendent’s Priorities for SY 2018-2019 as provided by Superintendent Christina Kishimoto with amendments that: (1) cross-reference the Superintendent Priorities related to special education and English language supports under Priority Area C, Student Centered School Design, with Priority Area A, Equity and Access; and (2) include the Superintendent’s work related to emergency planning as one of the Superintendent Priorities (De Lima/Cox). The motion carried unanimously with all members present voting aye.


VII. Adjournment

Board Chairperson Mizumoto adjourned the meeting at 2:15 p.m.