A Hawaii Island charter school gets $12M in funds for new campus atop Kilauea

A Hawaii Island charter school gets $12M in funds for new campus atop Kilauea
(Source: Volcano School of Arts & Sciences)

HAWAII ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -Lawmakers approved a big boost for the Volcano School of Arts & Sciences (VSAS).

State leaders set aside $12 million in Capital Improvement Project funds for the construction of a new Keakealani Campus in Volcano Village at the summit of Kilauea.

The school educates roughly 215 pre-K to 8th grade students at the charter school, which currently operates two campuses.

“VSAS is doing terrific work, and I am very happy to support the school,” Rep. Richard Onishi said. “I’m thrilled that our children from Volcano and from all of East Hawaii will have the opportunity to attend a public charter school that is doing such good work.”

He added, “We realize that not all charter schools are able to access state CIP funds, so we are especially fortunate that VSAS is on Department of Education land and the legislature was able to support the school in this way.”

The total price tag for the project is estimated at $16.4 million.

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