Three Pearl City District Complex Schools will receive a total of 2.31 million out of the 134.7 million in capital improvement projects (CIPs) funding that was released by Governor Neil Abercrombie on Thursday, June 20.
Waiau Elementary School leads the list of Pearl City schools at $1,200,000. Kanoelani Elementary School will receive $750,000 followed by Manana Elementary School at $360,000.
Governor Abercrombie made the following statement in Thursday’s press release announcing the release of 134.7 million for capital improvement projects (CIPs):
“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.”
CIP Funding Breakdown:
Waiau Elementary: $1,200,000
Design and construction to address various electrical and related site work to provide for current and future technology needs.
Kanoelani Elementary: $750,000
Design and construction of a covered walkway for students and staff from inclement weather and the sun as they walk to the cafeteria (This walkway will connect up to 5 buildings)
Manana Elementary: $360,000
Restroom renovations and security and energy efficiency improvements in the school Library.
"Restroom renovations and security and energy efficiency improvements in the school Library is to change out our wooden louvers / restroom fixtures in the library. Those were not included in the scope of work when the school was renovated in 2002/2003.
Nowadays the DOE no longer uses PVC for louvers (when they are on fire and melting, they're toxic) [DOE learned that the hard way]. We will be getting safer louvers made of aluminum.
We are very thankful for the funding for the project because it has been on the list of "stuff to fix if/when the state has the funding" for longer than I've been at Manana. And I've been here 7 years now.
Our library is heavily used for student learning, research, projects, meetings, robotics, book fairs, etc., so this project benefits the entire Manana school community."
.….Principal Bryan Loo, Manana Elementary School
Kapolei II Elementary School topped all CIP funding at $40,000,000 for construction of a new school that is estimated to accommodate approximately 750 students and serve the population increase in the West Oahu area.
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Waiau Elementary School will receive $1,200,000 for design and construction to address
various electrical and related site work to provide for current and future technology needs.