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Governor releases $87M for public school improvements


Gov. Neil Abercrombie has announced the release of more than $87.1 million for capital improvement projects (CIP) that will improve various state Department of Education (DOE) facilities across the state.

“In addition to investing in our educational infrastructure and the welfare of our keiki, these projects will create jobs in our growing construction industry,” Abercrombie said. “This is a wise investment of state funds.”

Allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, has been approved by the Governor:

* $36,461,000 – Condition, Various Schools, statewide

Design and construction funds to improve and maintain facilities and infrastructure. DOE’s estimated backlog for repair and maintenance is now down to $265 million. These projects include general school building improvements, electrical upgrades, playground equipment repair and maintenance, and other school repairs and renovations.

* $15,070,000 – Program Support, Various Schools, statewide

Planning, design, construction and equipment funds for program support, including new/temporary facilities, improvements to existing facilities, ground and site improvements, equipment and appurtenances to schools, and for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and gender equity.

* $14,900,000 – Equity, Various Schools, statewide

Design, construction and equipment funds to improve instructional spaces such as science labs, special education classroom renovations and classrooms on a statewide basis for classroom/learning environment parity. Equity projects also include energy improvements relating to heat abatement in classrooms.

* $10,950,000 – Capacity, Various Schools, statewide

Construction and equipment funds for projects at schools nearing their enrollment capacity or are short of classroom space. These funds will provide general classroom portables at four schools, as well as a classroom building for Nahienaena Elementary School on Maui.

* $5,000,000 – Waimea Middle School, Eight-Classroom Building, Hawaii Island

Construction funds for a new eight-classroom building, which will include support and specialty spaces. The building will include science classrooms/labs, computer labs, a faculty center, teacher planning spaces, a conference room and offices.

* $1,520,000 – Kilauea Elementary School, Building B Renovation, Kauai

Design, construction and equipment funds to renovate Building B for additional administrative office space. Built in 1940, Building B housed the school cafeteria until completion of a new cafeteria in 2009. Currently, the facility is used for storage as there are no utility hook ups.

* $1,100,000 – Washington Middle School, New Band Room and Renovation of Existing Facilities for Hawaiian Studies Program, Oahu

Design, construction and equipment funds for a new Band Room and renovation of the existing Band Room for use by the Hawaiian Studies program. The existing Band Room does not meet guidelines for the number of students participating in the band program. The present Band Room has 2,643 square feet and the new one will have 3,730 square feet to satisfy guidelines.

* $900,000 – Castle High School, Cafeteria Expansion, Oahu

Design funds to expand the cafeteria. Built in 1950, the current cafeteria size meets less than two-thirds of the recommended space for a school with a population of 1,200 students.

* $714,000 – Eleele Elementary School, Slope Stabilization, Kauai

Construction funds to remedy slope stabilization issues. This project will replace the existing stone retaining wall along the west school property line, which supports adjacent power poles that provide electricity to the campus, and is cracking due to settlement and displacement. The project will also provide drainage improvements to address rain water runoff from the site onto the hillside below.

* $300,000 — Kahuku High & Intermediate School, Football Field, Replace/Renovate Bleachers, Oahu

Construction funds to replace/renovate deteriorating bleachers at the football field.

* $200,000 – Lincoln Elementary School, Air Conditioning, Oahu

Design funds relating to installing air conditioning to various buildings.

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