DOE targets Kaaawa for closure - News

DOE targets Kaaawa for closure - News

There are 50 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Dec 18, 2008, titled DOE targets Kaaawa for closure - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The 158 students at Kaaawa Elementary School would likely transfer to Hauula or Waiahole schools under a plan to close the 104-year-old Windward facility.

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Robbiey

Honolulu, HI

#1 Dec 18, 2008
It's only the beginning.
satch7

United States

#2 Dec 18, 2008
Parents should stop bellyaching and the DOE should forego public hearings and just take the initiative to close Kaawa Elementary school.

To keep it open amid rising costs in repair & maintenance incl. fixing the cesspoos problem would be a monumental waste of money and the public and taxpayers should wake-up that the DOE has no alternative in the midst of rising costs and the mandate to trim expenses,
An Observer

Keaau, HI

#3 Dec 18, 2008
I still have not read Hamamoto's proposal for trimming her administrative staff. She shouldn't touch any schools until she's cleaned her own house.

Close schools to save administrators, that's the Hamamoto and Board of Education plan. It's sick, disgusting and cowardly.
oh no

Honolulu, HI

#4 Dec 18, 2008
An Observer wrote:
I still have not read Hamamoto's proposal for trimming her administrative staff. She shouldn't touch any schools until she's cleaned her own house.
Close schools to save administrators, that's the Hamamoto and Board of Education plan. It's sick, disgusting and cowardly.
Excellent post!
This is indeed the Hamamoto/DOE plan.
As stated elsewhere, get those admin pukes out of the luxury rentals, and put their offices in these schools she wants to close. We could save a ton on costly rent.
If the kids don't need A/C, neither do the do nothing but collect a paycheck administrators.
realist

Kailua, HI

#5 Dec 18, 2008
Has the state ever heard of composting toilets? If they put in a septic system so close to the beach(which they did with the park across the street) how long do you think it would be before the need to close the entire beach because of high bacteria readings in the water? Meanwhile Laura Theilan has given just over three acres of state land behind the firestation to a group known as the Windward Retreat for just under $500- a year. You show me where the state is saveing money. This is a special interest group serveing itself. The state could have relocated the school years ago, even if they say the parcel is too small for a school. If they do close the school this land should be used for taxpayers not special interest groups. Put a civil defense building in that could serve the surrounding areas. Goodbye to the country lifestyle.
hilo

Mililani, HI

#6 Dec 18, 2008
i still dont undestand how there are so many elementary schools in each district, but only a handful of high schools and intermediate schools. Where are all the children going as they get older?

I also noticed they want to build a few more schools in hilo.

Did you all know that keaau high school on the big island is COMPLETELY air conditioned?(only about 6 years old)
Mr Neuman

Haiku, HI

#7 Dec 18, 2008
Given the past history of the DOE it not hard to imagine that monies saved by closing Kaaawa Elementary will be redirected to vitally needed educational junkets in Orlando(Disney World) or Vegas(Main Street). But then again I could be wrong - the educational conference/seminars may take place in Paris or Japan.
John Kamaka

San Diego, CA

#8 Dec 18, 2008
"We have concluded that it does not appear to us that this is a reasonable investment," he said, noting it would cost less to simply discontinue use of the cesspool and fill it up.

The school also is near a blind curve on busy Kamehameha Highway and in a tsunami inundation zone that requires classrooms and administrative offices be elevated 8 feet, Superintendent Pat Hamamoto wrote Dec. 10 in a memo to Lea Albert, superintendent for the Castle-Kahuku complex, to explain the department's position.

"Does not appear as a reasonable investment", that sounds odd, when this school has higher achievement scores than most of the DOE schools? Maybe because it makes the DOE bureaucracy look bad along with the other charter school in Wahiawa also scheduled for closing.

Seems like any DOE school that is successful and not "brown nosing" the bureaucrats becomes the first on the chopping block! Either an attempt to cover the bureaucratic incompetence or to indimidate others to maintain mediocre performance so these Administrative parasites can continue to "justify" more taxpayers money to "improve" the educational standards.

This is no different than corrupt CEO's asking for bailouts at the same time running companies down the road to ruin. Just look at how many DOE superintendents there are along with paying premium rental space and a bloated "administrative" body that outnumber teachers. If they want to save some money, move out of these air-conditioned suites and into empty classrooms.

All these fat cat positions can be cut, because they are apparently the reasons why it costs so much to run the DOE organization. Cutting schools that are successful is not in the best interests of both the parents and students. If the cesspool require Federal standards, then the DOE executives should find a compromised solution or waiver with State and Federal officials, not ram it down the throats of students in a typical DOE fashion "my way or the highway" attitude.
Save Kaawa Elementary

Honolulu, HI

#9 Dec 18, 2008
Don't close the school! As a former Kaaawa resident and former Kaaawa Elementary student I urge the DOE to reconsider its position! Please don't let this beautiful little school by the sea become just a memory. Seven miles is a long way to commute to school. Think of the students!
alice

Honolulu, HI

#10 Dec 18, 2008
It is sad but the state is flat bused broke under lingle
Happy Parent

Honolulu, HI

#11 Dec 18, 2008
Well maybe if the school was run like Momilani School then it would not be shut down. The kids do well there and there is a lot of extra services provided for our kids. Even though the school is on the small side, the parent involvement is spectacular and the kids really produce. The school has the standards of a private school, but is free.
Happy Parent

Honolulu, HI

#12 Dec 18, 2008
Save Kaawa Elementary wrote:
Don't close the school! As a former Kaaawa resident and former Kaaawa Elementary student I urge the DOE to reconsider its position! Please don't let this beautiful little school by the sea become just a memory. Seven miles is a long way to commute to school. Think of the students!
7 miles isn't anything. You have kids that bus from the North Shore to town for school. You have kids on GE who drive far more than 7 measley miles.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#13 Dec 18, 2008
true..folks here are spoiled with such short distances. Hawaii is busted flat broke and needs to cut the budget. I am from North Dakota and we took the bus as much as 90 miles one way. Sorry...no sympathy for the "Icannot go 7 miles to help my child attend school" folks.
shut

Honolulu, HI

#14 Dec 18, 2008
Close all schools with names too hard to pronounce or spell.

Think of Manti Teo. He has to drive from Kahuku to Punahou every day. Sometimes twice a day for parties.
Save Kaawa

Honolulu, HI

#15 Dec 18, 2008
Can this school converted into a charter school?
alice

Honolulu, HI

#16 Dec 18, 2008
DOE should sell the facility and invest the proceeds. Teo is ok but strictly small time like the Funaki guy.
Give a little

Honolulu, HI

#17 Dec 18, 2008
For only 158 students and such expense?

close the school.

Every body's self-centeredness is going to ruin this nation.
SAVE KAAAWA

Honolulu, HI

#18 Dec 18, 2008
If you people who say to close this school saw the environment of Hauula and Waiahole elementary you would choose Kaaawa for your child. Students who go to Kaaawa have much more respect for others and it is SAFER there. Why would the DOE close a SUCCESSFUL school and send the students to schools that are FAILING!
alice

Honolulu, HI

#19 Dec 18, 2008
very true
Kimo

Kailua, HI

#20 Dec 18, 2008
Take the 5 million and send the Kaaawa kids to private schools. DOE closes the school and the kids get the education they deserve.

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