On February 23 and 25, 2019, the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) convened the Statewide Allocation Summit (SAS) in downtown Honolulu. With about 50 Facility Master Plan (FMP) participants from all regions of the state, the SAS showed a diverse representation of the students, parents, teachers, community members, and HIDOE administrators who designed their respective regional plans during Executive Planning Committee and Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings spanning the past year.

Left to right: SAS participants share their District options in their diverse groups; Katie Helbush, junior at Moanalua High School, walks State Superintendent, Dr. Christina Kishimoto, around the Poster Gallery Walk; SAS participant experiences virtual reality renderings of reconstruction projects.

SAS attendees were charged with building consensus for the integration of the 10 regional plans into one statewide plan. Participants worked to weigh in on the values and criteria applicable to all students that should inform the sequencing of projects. They also reviewed preliminary project sequence lists and worked in small groups to build new categorical capital budgets with two distinct funding scenarios: current funding level ($3 billion at $300 million per year for 10 years) and amplified funding level ($6 billion at $600 million per year for 10 years). The FMP outlines a categorical ranking and funding allocation based on consensus built during the SAS.  

Drawing inspiration from a student panel discussion, SAS participants also worked in small group discussions to define goals and strategies for successful implementation. Based on this guidance, the FMP includes a roadmap for transformative operational reforms with specific strategies to maintain momentum and bring to reality HIDOE’s goals.

SAS Student Panel discussion moderated by State Superintendent, Dr. Christina Kishimoto.

One teacher mentioned, “Following the FMP, it will be a lot easier for us to promote the projects that are important to us in an objective manner. It’s not just somebody saying, ‘this is what we need’…but it’s based on true data. How do you dispute factual data?”

The students discussed the importance of having transparency, accountability, statewide equity, and commitment to the projects and processes outlined in the FMP. The SAS ended with the groups reporting out their ideal implementation plans to the larger group. Themes included having the accessibility to project progress, involving external partnerships, having continuous stakeholder engagement, and securing reliable funding.

The next phase of the project will launch the FMP to the public. Following launch, the 10-year transition and steady-state implementation period outlined in the roadmap will begin.

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