Laupahoehoe High and Elementary School may now apply to the state for public charter school status following Wednesday’s supportive 145-35 vote by teachers and parents. Community member Judi “Steinman told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that “we’ve won..we’re going to have a charter school. School supporters turned to the charter school option as a way of keeping the school open.
According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, the number of jobs in Hawaii County fell by more than 3,000 during 2009, suggesting that the local economy is still far from recovery. The county Department of Research and Development says that there were just 3,950 jobs in that sector in December, a drop of 17 percent alone in 2009.