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Resignations allow Halau Lokahi charter school to stay afloat

The Halau Lokahi charter school will remain open. The Halau Lokahi charter school will remain open.

HONOLULU (AP) - A financially troubled public charter school will stay open after a decision by its leaders to resign.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the director and board of Halau Lokahi Public Charter School resigned to meet a requirement by the state Charter School Commission for a new contract.

The school in Honolulu's Kalihi neighborhood last school year ran up debts of more than $400,000. The school stopped paying rent in February and could not make payroll in May.

The new contract was signed Monday and calls for the Hawaii-studies school to increase enrollment, pay off debt and cover expenses next year.

Most of the debt is in salaries and rent.

School founder and longtime director Laara Allbrett says the school is appealing to donors and the governor for help.

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