Board Of Ed Nominees Promise Culture Change

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Soon to be gone are the days in which the Hawaii Board of Education would vote on every single bell schedule change in every single school.

This will be one of the things that distinguishes the new appointed board from previous elected boards, nominees told a Senate committee Friday.

"Somewhere along the way, the lines got blurred between role and function of the Board of Education, and the role and function of the superintendent and her team," said nominee Keith Amemiya, executive administrator for the University of Hawaii Board of Regents. "I think that Chairman (Don) Horner and I agree our job is to do as much as we can to support the superintendent and not interfere with the day-to-day role of the department."

"If this were a football team, I would say that we as the (Board of Education) should be more like the coaching staff, and the superintendent is the quarterback, carrying that ball down the field," Amemiya said, drawing from his better-known public role as former director of Hawaii's High School Athletic Association.

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