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Transportation Update (Dorothy Lum)
Looking at Consolidation (Jean Aoki)
Question of Procedure (Karla Telfer)

Looking at Consolidation


(This paper does not represent a LWV Schools position but is being presented for our members' information.)

The consolidation of Noelani and Manoa Elementary Schools is an issue that has caught the eye and the passion of the public. The Board of Education will vote on whether or not to combine these two schools on November 1. Let's look at the issues. Can we better understand what is happening? The following views come from two schools committee members, Jean Aoki and Karla Telfer.

"Favoring Consolidation"

Hawaii's mushrooming growth has resulted in a continual shifting of the population of school-age children with the opening up and growth of new communities peopled mostly by young families, and the maturing of the population of older communities.

Such has been the case in schools as Anuenue in Palolo and Wailupe in Aina Haina. The Department of Education, in recent years, considered consolidating Anuenue with Palolo and Wailupe with Aina Haina. Faced with great opposition from parents from the two smaller schools, and faced with no urgent need for use of the two buildings involved, consolidation plans were dropped for the time being. Today Anuenue's enrolment stands at 169 and Palolo's at 395. Wailupe has 138 students and Aina 504 with a continuing decrease projected for the next two years.'

The most recent controversy over the proposed consolidation of Noelani and Manoa follows the same pattern. The difference is the proposed use. of the Noelani school plant by the University of Hawaii for its law school. Noelani presently has an enrollment of 365 and Manoa of 558.* Continued decrease for both schools is projected for the next few years.

According to staff members of the Senate's days and Means Committee, the University of Hawaii could save approximately f4 million in CIP funds by incorporating Noelani as part of its campus. Further, the state could save approximately $170,000 in salaries and other operating costs by consolidating the two schools.

The consolidation of Noelani and Manoa would give Manoa an enrollment of over 900 students--a population that Manoa's forty classrooms can accommodate. At present there are many schools with enrollments of from 800 to over 1,000. Maemae's enrollment is just below 900, Kaahumanu, Kamiloiki, Kapalama, and Lunalilo, to name a few, have enrollments of approximately 800. Aliamanu and Hale Kula both have student enrollments of over 1,000.

If the BOE were to give in to the demands of the few students and their parents, it would be guilty of running a very inefficient school system.

Jean Aoki

* Statistics from the Honolulu District office.

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