HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After years of calls for new athletic facilities, Hawaii’s largest public school is getting money to start planning the facility.
Campbell High School will be getting $1 million to go toward planning and designing a new sports complex.
Senator-Elect Kurt Fevella says the Governor sent him an email Monday night about the money after they had met earlier in the day.
Fevella says the new facility could be modeled after Farrington High School’s new stadium.
Last year, West Oahu lawmakers were denied their request for about $30 million for new athletic facilities at Campbell.
“He released that money yesterday so it’s really a big celebration for the community of Ewa Beach because we was waiting for that,” Fevella said.
Campbell’s lack of athletic facilities isn’t just a matter of convenience, its also at the center of legal challenges against the DOE.
The ACLU is suing the DOE on behalf of two Campbell high school students who says the lack of locker rooms for female athletes violates Title IV rules.
Fevella says the timing of the $1 million funding has nothing to do with the lawsuit, but planning for a new complex will include locker rooms for both boys and girls.