Hawaii Department of Education Superintendent Christina Kishimoto plans to launch her own business after she steps down July 30 as head of the public school system, she revealed Tuesday on Hawaii Public Radio.
“I am going to keep doing my equity and empowerment work, particularly focused on women leaders,” Kishimoto said, adding there will be a “soft launch” of the company in the next few weeks, as well as a Voice for Equity Twitter handle, which she encouraged listeners to follow.
“The Journal,” a publication that covers K-12 education technology topics, reported last week that Kishimoto will also head a new leadership academy for women school superintendents offered through the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.
The superintendent, who is handing the reins over to Keith Hayashi, a Waipahu High principal who will serve as the interim DOE chief, emphasized adhering to a trio of safety protocols: mask-wearing on DOE property by students and staff; frequent hand-washing; and staying home when feeling ill.
Though she acknowledged some parents’ trepidation over sending their kids back just yet — “We know there are different feelings about this,” she said on HPR — she expressed optimism over the vaccination rates: up to 56% of DOE students and 80% of teachers are either fully or partially vaccinated, she said.
“We’re in great shape,” she said. “The more vaccinated students and adults we have, the safer we’ll be with kids under 12.”
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