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Funding structure delays Maui school build

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Some Maui parents cheered the Legislature's approval of $130 million for a new high school last year, believing it meant a new school would open by 2016.

But the state Department of Education says the school won't open until at least 2020 because of how the funding was structured.

The Maui News reports that at a community meeting, department officials said they could access $30 million next year and that the school would be built in phases.

The department says the money was split between bond funds and a school facilities improvement fund. But a department spokeswoman said lawmakers didn't put the money into the fund.

State Budget Director Kalbert Young says the department would need to use funding for previous projects that weren't built or were on hold.

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