Kamaile Academy receives facilities donation to support growing enrollment

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Kamaile Academy receives facilities donation to support growing enrollment

Photo: Kamaile Academy associate principal Paul Kepka receives a commemorative key to the schools modular buildings from KS chief of staff Walter Thoemmes at a special event in July.


Last month, Kamaile Academy was one of five Hawai‘i public charter schools that received a modular building donation from Kamehameha Schools (KS). The modular buildings or “portables” were recently located on KS’ Kapālama campus, serving as temporary classrooms during the redevelopment of its middle school campus and athletic facilities.

In total, there were 24 modular building donated—valued at $200,000 each—to five Hawaiian-focused charter schools.  Kamaile Academy received five modular buildings, which included two general classrooms, a vocational technical classroom, an athletic shower and an athletic locker. The buildings are approximately 1,536 square feet each and are equipped with air conditioning and are Wi-Fi ready.

“The Kamehameha portable donation is a much needed facilities support for Kamaile Academy’s expanding enrollment,” said Associate Principal Paul Kepka. “It is going to directly impact our students within the entire PK-12 Academy.”

“The school is in the final design stages and is anticipating delivery in August. The donated classrooms will be used to house a new science lab, high school classrooms and resource rooms for grades PK – 6. Additionally, the donation will provide a much needed restroom facility and shower room for secondary students.”

Kepka added, “Kamaile Academy truly appreciates Kamehameha’s ongoing support for our PK-12 vision.”

For the 2012-2013 school year, enrollment at Kamaile Academy is projected at 980 students and continues to grow. The school has been adding one grade level each year, of about 50 students, through high school. Kamaile currently enrolls students through the eleventh grade and was recently named a candidate for accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It will graduate its first class next year, after the completion of the accreditation process.

“Our students, staff and faculty took good care of these classrooms and are so happy that they will be used as classrooms for others,” said Dee Jay mailer, KS CEO. “Our founder, Ke Ali’i Pauahi, asked that we educate her people. The charter schools we fund can make good use of these state-of-the-art modular buildings to do just that!”

Kamaile Academy is one of 17 Hawaiian-focused charter schools supported by KS’ Ho‘olako Like department, which provides per-pupil funding to support value added programming as well as accreditation support to the charter schools. Hālau Kū Mana and Samuel M. Kamakau on O‘ahu, and Kanuikapono and Kawaikini on Kaua‘i were the other four schools who received the donation.

For more information on Kamaile Academy, visit www.kamaile.org.

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