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Abercrombie releases $7.48M in CIP funds for public schools

MEDIA RELEASE

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has announced the release of more than $7.48 million to the state Department of Education for various Capital Improvement Projects for improvements, consolidation and new facilities.

“These projects will upgrade several of our school facilities and improve efficiencies to accommodating the growing needs of our student population, ensuring a safe, environmentally responsible and productive learning atmosphere for students and educators,” Abercrombie said.

“The Legislature has been instrumental in helping to identify and make these CIP funds a priority. These projects are important to our students and educators as well as stimulating the economy through job creation,” he said.

* $2,200,000 – Data Center, Oahu

Construction and works of art for the renovation of the former Liliuokalani Elementary School cafeteria building as a support facility and data center for the DOE system, including a back-up generator so the DOE can continue to operate without loss of data in the event of power outages or emergencies (Relocation of 180 positions to the site, including DOE Office of Human Resources staff currently housed in rented space at the Dole Cannery building, are projected to save $900,000 per year in lease costs)

* $2,000,000 – Energy improvements at various schools statewide

Energy improvements at Waikele Elementary School, Kapolei and Mililani Middle Schools, and Kapolei High School, including upgrades to central air conditioning systems and/or other building features to improve energy efficiency, and installation of data loggers and sub meters so that schools may track and manage their electrical use at a more detailed level

* $1,000,000 – Special education renovations at various schools statewide

Special education portable classrooms at Paia and Makakilo Elementary Schools, and trailer classrooms at Kihei Elementary School, Waipahu Intermediate School, and Kealakehe High School, as funding permits

* $1,000,000 – East Kapolei High School, Oahu

Planning for the new high school to accommodate increasing student populations at the existing James Campbell and Kapolei High Schools

* $501,000 – Mililani Middle School, Oahu

Additional funds to compete covered, multipurpose play courts to meet new building code for fire sprinklers

* $500,000 – Playground equipment and accessibility at various schools statewide

Design and construction to provide safe, age-appropriate and accessible playground equipment and walkways at Waikele, Lihikai, Waikiki, Kapaa and Kaleiopuu Elementary Schools

* $280,000 – Holualoa Elementary School, Hawaii Island

Design for a pedestrian buffer to ensure the safety of students and staff on campus

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