Backlogged repairs price tag at Hawaii schools nears $300M

Backlogged repairs price tag at Hawaii schools nears $300M

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The price tag for backlogged repairs at Hawaii's aging school campuses grew by 5 percent over the last school year, new figures show.

The total cost for addressing backlogged repairs and maintenance at schools is now at $293 million.

That's still far lower than it was over a decade ago, when the total was more than twice that.

But the figure is up from $279 million in the 2016-17 school year, and it compares to $266 million in 2012.

State Education Department administrators have long raised concerns about Hawaii's aging campuses, a full 20 percent of which are over a century old.

The average age of Hawaii schools is 61.

The new backlogged repairs tally was released Tuesday as part of a series of new "data visuals" on Hawaii schools that are aimed at showcasing progress on key goals.

Other key figures:

  • 8 percent of teacher positions were unfilled at the beginning of the school year, up from 7 percent in 2016.
  • The five-year retention rate for Hawaii teachers was 54 percent this year, up from a year earlier.
  • And 86 percent of special education teacher positions were filled this year, the same as last school year.

To browse the new statistics and get more information, click here.