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Education board asks developers to pay for new schools along rail route

Honolulu rail car (Image: Hawaii News Now/file) Honolulu rail car (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Board of Education is proposing that developers along the rail route between Kalihi and Ala Moana help pay for new schools.

An estimated 39,000 new residential units are expected in the area as rail nears completion. 

The BOE aticipates it will need six new elementary schools and two middle and high schools over the next few years to accommodate the growing population.

Their proposal would require developers to pay the Department of Education about $9,400 per unit. Maui and Leeward Oahu already pay a similar fee.

Public hearings on the proposal are scheduled for the following times:

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 
Farrington High School Library Conference Room 
3 p.m. to 5 pm. 

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
McKinley High School’s Hirata Lecture Hall 
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Public comments can also be submitted to the Department of Education by email: heidi_meeker@notes.k12.hi.us. 

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