Governor Releases $134.7 Million for Hawaii Schools

NOTE: the funds below were earmarked in legislative session PRIOR to 2013 and do not include funding identified by the Legislature during the 2013 legislative session – those funds are still under review by the Governor.

Governor Releases $134.7 Million for Hawaii Schools

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced the release of more than $134.7 million for capital improvement projects (CIPs), identified by members of the state Legislature, that will improve Hawaii’s public school facilities while enhancing economic conditions.

“These priority projects will address many needed repairs and upgrades at our public schools to create environments in which students can learn and thrive,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “The improvements are an investment in our keiki and our economy. Capital improvement projects like these across the state are contributing to Hawaii’s strong economy and our improved state unemployment rate, which declined to 4.7 percent in May.”

Allotment of funds for the following priority projects has been approved by the Governor:

Various Schools, Statewide

  • $41,700,000 – Construction for numerous repair and maintenance projects at school facilities across the state, including re-roofing, electrical upgrades, plumbing and other work
  • $2,000,000 – Planning, design, construction and equipment to provide energy improvements at various schools to identify inefficiencies and develop and implement energy conservation plans; the DOE will identify those schools with inordinate electricity consumption as compared to other schools

$1,000,000 – Planning, design and construction to remove potentially hazardous material to ensure various state schools are up-to-date with current federal

Specific Schools (Note from Sen. Shimabukuro: Only Senate Dist. 21 schools listed here; for complete list, contact the Governor’s Office)

  • $2,500,000 – Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, Oahu – Design and construction of a new synthetic track and field to be used by the five Leeward District High Schools and also for the Special Olympics regional track and field championships, as hosted by Nanakuli for the last 20 years (The current cinder track is used daily by student athletes, special needs students, and the general community)
  • $800,000 – Kamaile Elementary School (Kamaile Academy Public Charter School), Oahu – Design and construction for various electrical system improvements and related site work (CIP projects for conversion charter schools such as Kamaile are implemented by DOE since the campuses are still considered DOE property)

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