Legislature increases salary caps for education leadership

·By Katherine Poythress

The House and Senate passed a law Tuesday that would raise the maximum salary for the state department of education superintendent and other department officials.

The decision comes at a time when the Hawaii Department of Education is struggling to make ends meet after significant budget cuts from the state.

The superintendent’s annual maximum salary allowance will increase from $150,000 to $160,000, with a potential annual performance bonus that could reach as much as $90,000 after three years on the job.

The deputy superintendent’s salary cap is being increased to $130,000 from $120,000