State schools Superintendent Pat Hamamoto has resigned, Board of Education Chairman Garrett Toguchi confirmed in a statement released Thursday night.
"Superintendent Hamamoto has informed the Board that she will be retiring effective today," he said. "The board extends its deepest appreciation for all of her many years serving Hawaii's students and for her dedication to public education, both as an educator and administrator. Superintendent Hamamoto has worked tirelessly to ensure we had a viable plan to reduce the number of furloughs at our public schools. She has also volunteered to continue being part of the Department's negotiating team to assist in reaching a resolution to bring students back to the classroom. We thank her and wish her well.
"Deputy Superintendent Kathy Matayoshi immediately assumes the duties of acting Superintendent. Ms. Matayoshi will manage a competent team of educators focused on raising student achievement and improving the quality of education for all of Hawaii's children."
Board of Education Member Mary Cochran said she received Hamamoto's letter of resignation by e-mail Thursday evening, and it did not give a reason for the decision.
"It's very sad to hear that, but I really do wish her well," she said.
For more information, see Friday's edition of The Maui News.