A CRITICAL ENDEAVOR
Over the last 10 years, Hanalei Elemenary School (HES) has lost approximately $250,000 in annual funding. The school has been forced to cut support, programs, school supplies, and positions. This year, HES will not be able to pay for basic essentials.
Hanalei Elementary School has been part of the north shore community since 1881. Parental involvement, community support, the dedicated teachers and staff, and great programs have combined to create a unique learning environment and made Hanalei Elementary a special center for learning throughout the state. The only school of its kind, anchored in the center of kalo fields, it maintains a unique opportunity to focus on sustainability. Students plant seeds that blossom into local food production and organic framing. These programs were intended to be expanded and used as a model throughout the state; however, its future is continually at risk.
The current economic situation has exacerbated by the result of the Hawaii Board of Education's adoption of a per-student funding system that was put in place 9 years ago. The system, known as the Weighted Student Formula, has a "big school" bias and has had a devastating effect on Hawaii's smaller schools -- forcing small school closures and creating major budget problems for smaller schools, especially those on the outer islands.
Hanalei Elementary School is in need of a financial foundation like never before and its urgency grows. Budget cutbacks, furloughs, Weighted Student Formula, and general economic conditions mean our children may suffer a lower-stadard of education. Programs have been, and continue to be, at risk of being eliminated.
The formation of the Hanalei School Foundations (HSF) is a worthy and necessary effort to protect the educational foundation of the community. Please join our effort to create an ongoing financial pillar which will support the local community for many years to come.
The foundation will be funded by corporate donors and established community members; the capital will be protected (principal) in an interest-bearing account. Each year the interest-income will help support the mission to maintain, promote and foster the developments of Hanalei Elementary School, encouraging innovative school programs and projects.