The mission of Friends of Kihei High School is enrollment into the new high school sooner than rather later. Please see the most recent timeline from the DOE below, left:
Government Cooperation will be Needed for Kihei High School
To keep each stage of the procurement process as tight as possible, Friends of Kihei High School (a sub-committee of the Kihei Community Association) has been working since March, 2011, with Hawai’i Legislators, the Maui Planning Commission, County Council members, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Governor Abercrombie’s Maui representative, developers, and ranch owners. Of huge importance has been our positive relationship and cooperation established with Kihei’s governor-appointed Board of Education representative, Wesley Lo.
State Senator, Roz Baker, proposed a $20 million Senate Bill this spring, 2012 session to fund the initial horizontal high school infrastructure. The Senate Ways and Means Committee deferred the bill on February 28, 2012. Follow the link here:
Under the eyes and leadership of Kihei Community Association Director, Andrew Beerer, Friends of Kihei High School 2011 accomplishments include:
-The sale of ranch land to the State of Hawai’i (a piece each of Kaono’ulu and Haleakala ranches). The deed was recorded with the county of Maui in early February, 2012.
-Stakeholder relationships built and continually updated via the *Friends of Kihei High School* website with the most accurate information.
-Asking the developers of entitled parcels surrounding the high school for input on *stub out* cooperation opportunities for water, sewer, and drainage measurements and calculations NOW to save time and money for all stakeholders in the future including our community and the Dept. of Education.
It is clear government cooperation will be needed to build the Kihei High School. In recent testimony received by the Maui Planning Commission on February 14, 2012, there were two important items excluded from the Kihei High School Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS): The Draft EIS released in November, 2011 calculated potential student attendance at the High School and used the 2000 U.S. Census data (not 2010 census data) and excluded the 1,200 unit Alexander & Baldwin project in North Kihei already approved by the county.
The Friends of Kihei High School recognizes the ongoing, positive relationships we have established with all involved. Although the latest DOE timeline above states the DOE begins operation of the school in June, 2014, ground has not been broken yet for the project.
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