The state of Hawaii government has announced that they will be building a new elementary school in Kapolei and expanding an existing elementary school in Ewa. Kapolei II Elementary School will cost approximately $40 million to build and will be located on a 12-acre site just west of Kapolei High School on Fort Barrette Road. The new elementary school is scheduled to be completed prior to the 2015-2016 school year and would be able to take in 750 students. The land was donated to the state by developer D.R. Horton. Currently existing Ewa Elementary School will be receiving a new $9.6 million building. This building would have seven classrooms, a computer lab, a faculty center, restrooms and utility/mechanical spaces.
State Representative Sharon Har stated, "I'm ecstatic the governor released this money because I think it's an acknowledgement of our ever-growing population. We need to keep up with the investments in infrastructure. The Kapolei region is the fastest-growing region in the state of Hawaii, that's a fact. But I feel like we often get the short end of the stick. Government created this ‘Second City' concept and residents did their part by moving out here, but government hasn't kept up with the infrastructure, and that includes schools. Now we have ourselves in a situation where Kapolei Elementary and Kapolei Middle have to be run year-round as multitrack schools, with six or seven different tracks, in order to accommodate the population because you have such an overload in capacity of students."
Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser, 6-30-2013, www.staradvertiser.com
Posted by Jeff Uyemura-Reyes, Broker-in-Charge, REALTOR®
Global Executive Realty, LLC