Members of the Hawaii North Stakeholders Advisory Committee (SAC) — composed of students, parents, teachers, community, business and higher-education leaders — met in July, August and September to review facilities data, discuss in small groups to identify the respective needs of the district’s students, and to vet operational scenarios and facility options developed by the Executive Planning Committee. Information gleaned from these meetings will help develop the HIDOE Facility Master Plan, which will identify the needs and use of all HIDOE schools, and prioritize Capital Improvement Program funding of those schools.
In those meetings, small groups engaged in open dialog, describing members’ goals, and identified and discussed school facility needs based on Student Experience; Staff Development and Retention; Career/Technical Education; Visual and Performing Arts; Science, Technology, Engineering, Math; and External Partnerships.
An overview of the facilities’ capacity and utilization data was presented. Data was based on each school facility’s ability to adequately support the DOE’s mission.
Complex scenarios and facility options were reviewed and then vetted by representative committees of stakeholders based on the challenges and benefits presented to them.
“Stronger academic rigor is needed, which starts with having the right teachers. It’s hard to keep good teachers at Honoka’a. Many students take online classes,” said one teacher/parent.
Among the complex scenarios and facility options, stakeholders overwhelmingly supported a grade reconfiguration in Honoka’a. A new grade configuration will enable moving high school to a centralized location near areas with projected long-term growth; enhance educational programs, such as language, career tech, athletics, and arts; and relieve overcrowding at some schools, to name a few benefits.