Hilo-Wa­iakea su­per­in­ten­dent un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By KIRSTEN JOHN­SON

Brad Ben­nett, su­per­in­ten­dent of the Hilo-Wa­iakea Com­plex Area, is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the state De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and is on leave un­til fur­ther no­tice.

DOE spokes­woman Don­a­lyn Dela Cruz said in an email Tues­day that the DOE is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a com­plaint made against Ben­nett but did not pro­vide specifics. She also did not say whether he is on paid or un­paid leave.

She said Ben­nett has been on leave since Dec. 22, 2017.

Chad “Keone” Farias, su­per­in­ten­dent of the Ka‘u-Keaau-Pa­hoa Com­plex Area, is per­form­ing

Ben­nett’s du­ties — in ad­di­tion to his own — un­til fur­ther no­tice.

Farias told the Tri­bune-Her­ald last week he lives in the Wa­iakea area and he’s a Hilo High School grad­u­ate. He said he vol­un­teered to cover Hilo-Wa­iakea’s su­per­in­ten­dent du­ties for as long as needed.

Farias said he wants fam­i­lies and stu­dents to “know that we have lead­er­ship in place and to know we’ll do our best for all kids.”

Ben­nett was ap­pointed su­per­in­ten­dent in 2015. Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion posted on the DOE web­site, he has more than 14 years of ex­pe­ri­ence with the de­part­ment and most re­cently was prin­ci­pal for two years at Wa­iakeawaena El­e­men­tary School.

He also pre­vi­ously was prin­ci­pal of Haa­heo El­e­men­tary School and vice prin­ci­pal of Ewa El­e­men­tary School on Oahu.

Dela Cruz said no­ti­fi­ca­tion was pro­vided to Hawaii District of­fice staff and Hilo Wa­iakea Com­plex Area school ad­min­is­tra­tors.

She said no fur­ther de­tails were pro­vided be­cause per­son­nel in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­fi­den­tial.


Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.