BOE may consider closing Likelike Elementary

Published: Sep. 6, 2011 at 2:36 AM HST|Updated: Sep. 6, 2011 at 12:36 PM HST
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By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

KAPALAMA (HawaiiNewsNow) – Likelike Elementary School is the latest Hawaii public school that could be closed in order to save the state money.

On Tuesday the Board of Education's Finance and Infrastructure Committee will consider a recommendation by the Department of Education to hold a hearing to gather input on the possibility of closing Likelike Elementary School. The committee meeting will be held Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Board of Education headquarters in the Queen Liliuokalani Building on Punchbowl Street across from Queen's Medical Center.

The Department of Education estimates the state would save about $1million by closing Likelike Elementary and sending its roughly 370 students to other area elementary schools.

Likelike is one of six elementary schools in the McKinley School Complex. The DOE considers Likelike the best candidate for consolidation because it's enrollment is among the smallest of the six and it's centrally located in relationship to other schools to which Likelike students could be transferred.

If Likelike does close, 97 of its pupils would be moved to Kauluwela Elementary, 128 students would be transferred to Lanakila elementary, and 141 would go to Kaiulani Elementary.

Three schools around the state have closed in the past two years to help save money. Wailupe Elementary shut down in 2009. Keanae School, a one room school on Maui that stopped holding class in 2005, was officially closed last year. And Liliuokalani Elementary said goodbye to its students in May of this year.

A decision on Likelike is months away, but the process begins Tuesday.

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