New Kapolei School Will Help Alleviate Overcrowding
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.