$1.5 million awarded to Hawaii high schools

Schools in the state of Hawaii are getting a much needed boost from the U.S. Department of Education.

HIDOE will receive $1.5 million in School Improvement Grants, or SIG, to improve facilities, classrooms and the overall student experience. The SIG program invests in schools that are among the lowest performing schools in the nation.

Kekaha Elementary is an applicant for part of the $1.5 million awarded to HIDOE and is on the shortlist as a “priority” school along with Kalihi Kai Elementary, Kamaile Academy PCS, Hawaii School for Deaf and Blind, Olomana School, Hakipu’u Learning Center PCS, Ka ‘Umeke Ka’eo PCS, Ke Kula ‘O NawahTokalani ‘opu’u PCS, Dole Middle School and Waianae Elementary School.

“Providing the additional supports to schools that need it most is key to their success,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We’ve seen the impact extended learning opportunities and professional development for teachers have made. In order to make improvements, we need to provide schools resources. This grant allows us the opportunity to move forward.”

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