New Kapolei School Will Help Al­le­vi­ate Over­crowd­ing

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able to go to school much closer to where they live, and to at­tend school on a tra­di­tional cal­en­dar that of­fers the op­por­tu­nity for en­rich­ment dur­ing the sum­mer through ac­tiv­i­ties or more school­ing.

I am proud to have been a mem­ber of the House Fi­nance Com­mit­tee when money was ap­pro­pri­ated to de­sign and con­struct the new cam­pus. It was a tacit recog­ni­tion that over­crowd­ing in area schools was not ac­cept­able, and that year-round school­ing was to be a Band-Aid rather than a long-term so­lu­tion. The $43 mil­lion did not come easy. But in the end, the Leg­is­la­ture rec­og­nized that ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties are a ba­sic ne­ces­sity that was lack­ing in Kapolei.

De­sign and con­struc­tion are ex­pected to take a lit­tle more than a year, and the new cam­pus is sched­uled to wel­come stu­dents by Au­gust 2015.

As a “de­sign-build” project, the state will save money by hav­ing the same com­pany (Kiewit Build­ing Group) de­sign and con­struct the school.

This type of project also has been found to lead to bet­ter work­man­ship and a higher-qual­ity prod­uct.

The new school aims to nur­ture “a com­mu­nity of lead­ers, dream­ers, ex­plor­ers and global thinkers for a brighter fu­ture.”

To meet these lofty ex­pec­ta­tions, the cam­pus is will have class­rooms for stu­dents in pre-kinder­garten to grade 5, a cafe­te­ria, ad­min­is­tra­tive space, class gar­dens, play ar­eas and space for fu­ture ex­pan­sions.

I wish fu­ture prin­ci­pal Loreen Dunn and all of her fu­ture fac­ulty and staff the best of luck at this new cam­pus.

And to our com­mu­nity and chil­dren who will ben­e­fit from this new school, con­grat­u­la­tions!

State Rep. Ty Cullen, DOE Camp­bell-Kapolei com­plex su­per­in­ten­dent Heidi Arm­strong and state Rep. Sharon Har cel­e­brate the ground­break­ing for Kapolei II El­e­men­tary School dur­ing an April 2 cer­e­mony. Photo from Rep. Har.

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