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Hawaii Anti-Bullying Campaign Marks its 10th year


Hawaii News Digest, 12 August 2017, 00:25 hrs, UTC, Post #15421.

Source:

http://damontucker.com/2017/08/11/hawaii-anti-bullying-campaign-marks-its-1oth-year/

Accessed on 12 August 2017, 00:25 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Thanks to Hawaii Island news blogger Damon Tucker for this story.

It’s been 10 years since The E Ola Pono campaign created a “cultural response” to bullying in our local schools.  The program urges students “to foster respect and harmony” through student-led campaigns and projects.

Six schools in three divisions receive monetary awards for their efforts to promote peace, pono, and respect within their schools and communities.

According to Damon Tucker, the Na Wai Ola Public Charter School in Mountain View on Hawaii Island scored a first-place finish for elementary schools:

“First Place: Na Wai Ola P ublic Charter School (PCS), Mountain View, Hawaiʻi Island – Na Wai Ola PCS’ māla (garden) program teaches students how to grow food, medicines and plants with aloha and respect. Shari Frias, the agricultural Science teacher and advisor for their pono campaign, observed that students who have been at their school for a few years have a personal connection and understanding of their māla, the environment and themselves. The older students have developed a strong connection to place. She tells her students that, “every plant in our māla has a place, and kulelana just like you. If we care about ourselves the way we care for our plants we will be pono, and balanced.”

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Hawaii Island News Briefs for Thursday, 05 May 2016.


Here are some of the breaking stories I’m covering this morning:

Saddle Road speed limit could be raised to 60 mph.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald, 05 May 2016, p. A1.

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson.

It appears Bill 2375, which would raise the speed limit on portions of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway  (Saddle Road) will be signed by Governor David Ige.  The bill, introduced by Hawaii Island State Senator Lorraine Inouye, would boost the speed limit from 55 mph to 60 mph, beginning at mile marker 12.  The bill excludes a stretch of road starting at PTA and ending a half-mile east of the Mauna Kea Recreation Area, where speeds would be limited to 45 mph.

Charter School facing inquest.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald, 05 May 2016, p. A1.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

The financially troubled Na Wai Ola Public Charter School in Mountain View is being investigated by the Hawaii Ethics Commission.  A letter from commission staff attorney Bonita Chang to school principal Daniel Caluya said the Ethics Commission “is conducting an investigation regarding potential violations of the State Ethics Code.” The letter continues, saying “The alleged violations concern salary advances and/or loans that were made to Na Wai Ola Public Charter School employees, payment of unused accrued vacation, travel per diem payments, debit card purchases, and certain other expenditures that were made using school funds.”

Public Charter Schools Commission spokeswoman Sheryl Turbeville said Na Wai Ola Public Charter School is “not supposed to give salary advances to employees.”  The largest advance allegedly received by Caluya , $13,000, was made on 20 July 2015.


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Na Wai Ola Public Charter School in financial trouble.


Source:  The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 30 April 2016.

Reporter:  Nanea Kalani@staradvertiser.com.

Comment:

The Na Wai Ola Public Charter School in Mountain View on Hawaii Island is in deep financial trouble again, something that could force the school to surrender its charter to the state.

Earlier this year, officials at the charter school responded to concerns of the Hawaii Public Charter School Commission by reworking its budget and cutting back on staff payroll.  However, it appears those steps weren’t sufficient to calm the fears of the commission.

According to financial records released by the commission, Na Wai Ola Public Charter School will have only $4,941 on hand come 30 June 2016, with $99,612 a month projected for the next three months for staff payroll.  School officials expect $143,000 to come in from various sources, which should be enough to carry the school until the end of the academic year.

None the less, commission members are concerned that expenses won’t be paid in time.  Under the new rule governing state public charter schools, failure to meet payroll is one of the reasons for surrendering a school charter.

A site visit by the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission may be needed to resolve the financial issues faced by Na Wai Ola.


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