Kalihi charter school to lay off entire staff

Kalihi charter school to lay off entire staff

HONOLULU (AP) - A financially strapped Honolulu charter school will lay off its entire staff to rebuild with a smaller group of employees.

School improvement consultant Elizabeth Blake says firing all of Halau Lokahi Public Charter School's 18 staff members to reduce payroll costs is necessary to keep the school open.

The school ran out of money and stopped paying rent and salaries. It ended last school year with more than $500,000 in debt.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser checked faculty listed on the school's website against the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board's database of licensed teachers and found that most of the school's teachers don't appear to be licensed.

The state Charter School Commission voted Thursday to accept the plan to rescue the school.

The Kalihi school is one of the state's oldest charters.

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