Acting head to lead DOE schools complex

Alvin Shima has been appointed as the state Department of Education’s Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex superintendent, the department announced Tuesday.

Shima has been acting complex superintendent since March 11, when he took over the post from former acting superintendent Leila Hayashida, who temporarily left her job as principal at Waihee School last fall. She became a director in the DOE’s Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Support Services.

The permanent job has been vacant since longtime complex superintendent Bruce Anderson resigned the post to become Maui High School’s principal last fall.

“Alvin’s experience as an educational leader will be valuable as we prepare for what will be a critical school year for the Hawaii Department of Education,” said Ronn Nozoe, deputy department superintendent. “We are moving forward with the department’s Strategic Plan, which has student achievement at its core.”

With the department for nearly 40 years, Shima was principal at Kihei Elementary School for 11 years from 2000 to 2011. He was interim principal at Iao Intermediate and vice principal at Wailuku Elementary from 1995 to 2000. He also was vice principal at Makawao Elementary and Lahainaluna High schools from 1994 to 1995.

The complex has 16 schools, 13 of which feed into Baldwin, King Kekaulike and Maui high schools. The entire complex has an enrollment of more than 16,000 students.

Shima holds a bachelor of business education degree and a master’s of education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Hawaii-Manoa.