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More students attending Big Island private schools | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Hawaii Island private schools saw modest gains in enrollment last school year.

Source: More students attending Big Island private schools | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/more-students-attending-big-island-private-schools).

Accessed on 16 October 2016, 15:50 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson.

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Comment:

According to the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, approximately 3,634 Hawaii Island students attend private school on Hawaii Island, an increase of 2.7 percent over last year.

Emily Paglicaro, the director of admissions at Parker School in Waimea says “it seems like we have a growing number of people relocating here from the mainland in particular…we have a growing population and very limited seating in terms of how many schools there are.”

The average price to attend private schools in Hawaii is $7,709, an increase of $42 from 2015.  Many private schools soften the blow of high tuition with financial aid programs for needy families.


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‘A safe place’: LGBTQ+ Center symbolizes diversity at UH-Hilo | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


When Donald Straney was an undergrad at Michigan State University, he said he was “absolutely convinced” he was the only gay person on campus.

Source: ‘A safe place’: LGBTQ+ Center symbolizes diversity at UH-Hilo | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/safe-place-lgbtq-center-symbolizes-diversity-uh-hilo).

Accessed on 12 October 2016, 20:40 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson.

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Comment:

University of Hawaii at Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney has come a long way from his days at Michigan State University, where he was the only openly gay student on campus.

At an event celebrating National Coming Out Day on Tuesday, 11 October 2016, Straney told a gathering of about 50 students that back in the 1970s, there was “no humb for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or questioning individuals to convene, access resources or get help.”

Now, all that has changed.  During the current fall semester, Straney, other UH-Hilo administrators, and student leaders began the news LGBTQ+ Center on the Hilo campus.  The center occupies a small room “on the edge of campus formerly used as faculty offices.”  Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Gail Makuakane-Lundin, says annual operating costs will run around $45,000 per year.

In his closing remarks, Straney hopes the new center “gives students a place to meet, get information and–most importantly–increase the LGBTQ+ community’s visibility on the Hilo campus.”


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Auto dealership moving after latest flooding | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Bayfront Motors, a pre-owned car dealership located on Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo, plans to relocate after losing about half its inventory this week because of flooding.

Source: Auto dealership moving after latest flooding | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/auto-dealership-moving-after-latest-flooding).

Accessed on 08 October 2016, 15:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson.

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Bayfront Motors general manager Patrick Ehrenlechner has had enough. Ehrenlechner said this week’s heavy flooding which damaged half of his inventory “was the final straw…it’s been too much too often.”

Ehrenlechner says Bayfront Motors has been inundated at least three times since the business was established five years ago, saying “It’s definitely not pleasant.”  Ehrenlechner said recent floods “soaked about 20 cars, none of which will be sold to the public.”  Bayfront Motors will change its name and move to the old Reynolds Recycling location at 1260 Kilauea Avenue.


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AP test scores improve | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Big Island public school students are making strides on Advanced Placement exams, though performance overall still trails behind national averages.

Source: AP test scores improve | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ap-test-scores-improve).

Accessed on 30 September 2016, 15:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Kirsten Johnson.

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Comment:

Hawaii Island students taking Advanced Placement exams are doing much better than last year, although the “performance overall still trails behind national averages.”

According to data released by the Hawaii Department of Education, 403 AP tests taken on Hawaii Island in the 2015-2016 school year “earned at least a 3 score, up from 369 for the prior year.  Statewide, the AP scores were about 40 percent better than last year.

DOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said the improved scores “show promising system-wide improvements” and “reflect the hard work and professional development being done by our educators to prepare for and teach these college-level courses.”


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Hawaii ranks last in WalletHub’s ‘Best & Worst States for Teachers’ | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Nearly half of new teachers hired in 2011 to teach in Hawaii public schools left the job five years later, and proponents of higher teacher pay say results from a new WalletHub study might indicate why.

Source: Hawaii ranks last in WalletHub’s ‘Best & Worst States for Teachers’ | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hawaii-ranks-last-wallethub-s-best-worst-states-teachers).

Accessed on 28 September 2016, 16:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson.

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According to the latest Wallethub list of “2016’s Best and Worst States for Teachers”, Hawaii ranked number 46 and in 2014 the state came in at the 47th position among all 50 states.

Wallethub, a Washington, D.C.-based personal finance website, tabulated its rankings base on several factors, including average starting teacher salary, median annual salary, income growth potential, projected teacher demand, work environment, and projected student enrollment.

Hawaii ranked last for starting teacher salary, with the high cost of living accounting for the departure of many teachers from the state.  Public school enrollment between the years 2013 and 2014 dropped 3.8 percent, “the 50th worst drop in the nation.”

The Hawaii teacher shortage has continued for several years, with about 44 percent of new teachers hired in the 2011-2012 school year leaving the profession five years later.

Corey Rosenlee, president of the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) says “It is no surprise that Hawaii is lowest in the nation…The DOE employment report shows more teachers are leaving the profession and less teachers are going into the profession.”  Rosenlee says Hawaii has a serious teacher crisis.

The Hawaii Department of Education said a 2014 study created jointly with the HSTA showed “teachers in Hawaii earn about 4 percent less than teachers throughout the rest of the nation…the study showed professional salaries also are lower than the rest of the nation.”


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Fall enrollment at UH-Hilo declines for fourth consecutive year; Hawaii Community College enrollment also sees decline | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Fall enrollment at the University of Hawaii at Hilo declined for the fourth consecutive year, prodding administrators to revamp recruitment materials in hopes of attracting — and retaining — more students.

Source: Fall enrollment at UH-Hilo declines for fourth consecutive year; Hawaii Community College enrollment also sees decline | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/fall-enrollment-uh-hilo-declines-fourth-consecutive-year-hawaii-community-college).

Accessed on 28 September 2016, 16:35 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson.

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Comment:

According to the UH Institutional Research Office, the number of for-credit students at the Hilo campus dropped about 4.2 percent from the fall of 2015 and nearly 12 percent from the same period in 2012.

UH-Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney said “The number of students overall continues to decline, which is not what we wanted to see at all…we have to do significantly better with retention of out-of-state students and we have to do a better job recruiting in-state-students who stay.”

Straney added that his staff wants to see UH-Hilo enrollment up to 4,000 students within five years, a number which happened when he became chancellor in 2010.  Straney emphasized several efforts to revamp UH-Hilo’s recruitment brochures, “in hopes of giving a more accurate portrayal of what you get when you get here.”

Hawaii Community College Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas said the drop in HCC student enrollment comes as “no surprise” and “coincides with declining community college enrollment nationwide.  Solemsaas says HCC “is constantly  looking at ways to draw more students and boost retention…”


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‘It was a great success’; Crowds flock to this year’s Hawaii County Fair | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A new circus show, sunny weather and, of course, plenty of deep-fried fair food helped boost attendance at this year’s Hawaii County Fair.

Source: ‘It was a great success’; Crowds flock to this year’s Hawaii County Fair | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/it-was-great-success-crowds-flock-year-s-county-fair).

Accessed on 27 September 2016, 19:00 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson.

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Comment:

Organizers of last week’s Hawaii County Fair called the annual community event a “great success.”  Fair organizer Kelton Chang said about 27,000 people attended the four-day event, which began on Thursday and wrapped up this past Sunday.

Chang added that “This year was pretty good as far as attendance”, even though heavy rains reduced fair numbers.  Those numbers picked up on Friday and were “higher than average on Saturday and Sunday.”

Chang said the “Amazing Anastasini Circus” drew huge numbers of people with “attendance through the roof” Friday and Saturday at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

Money raised by the Hawaii County Fair helps support Hilo Jaycees community efforts, including scholarship programs.


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