School misses payroll, may be asked to close

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HONOLULU (AP) - A state Public Charter School Commission official says a Kalihi school has stopped paying employees and may be asked to shut down.

Commission director Tom Hutton tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that Halau Lokahi Charter School has debts of more than $417,000.

The school last year had a staff of 22 overseeing 183 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The school's curriculum is based in Hawaii culture.

The commission has placed the school on its agenda for a meeting Thursday. Hutton says he expects to recommend that the commission ask the school's governing board to close the school voluntarily.

The school's director, Laara Allbrett, did not respond to requests for comment.

Halau Lokahi opened in 2001 and is one of the state's oldest charter schools.

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