Advancing the HIDOE Facility Master Plan, ten regional Executive Planning Committees (EPCs) held two-day workshops to brainstorm the future of public schools in Hawaii. At the workshops, the EPCs reviewed enrollment and facilities data and developed scenarios and facility options that will best achieve local goals for the next 10 years. District leadership, principals, and DOE facilities staff comprising the EPCs worked in collaboration to align facility options with the DOE Strategic Plan vision and goals.
EPCs are spread out among the islands, with four EPCs on Oahu, two on Hawaii, and one each on Kauai, Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. Each region faces its own set of challenges, ranging from high growth and increased demand on old facilities in Oahu to over-dependence on portables in Maui. Some areas have schools built in flood risk zones, and all regions have outdated facilities that do not meet DOE’s current design standards.
In the spirit of the DOE’s mission to serve Hawaii’s students, EPCs developed potential scenarios that consider operational changes, such as attendance boundary adjustments, grade reconfiguration, and magnet programs. Recognizing the value local communities place in their schools, the EPCs have consistently agreed that any potential school consolidation scenarios will only be considered when it is accompanied with improved “trade up” outcomes, such as a new facility and expanded educational programs.
The work product of the two-day workshops is a draft options document that outline multiple paths to achieve long-range goals, enabling stakeholders to consider alternatives not just a single track solution.
In August through October, students, parents, teachers, community members, member of the business community, and higher education representatives constituting Stakeholder Advisory Committees (SACs) will review and vet each set of scenarios. After receiving SAC input, EPCs will reconvene in the fall and winter to develop prioritized scenarios and facility projects based on data, goals, values, and community input.