The Hawai’i Department of Education (DOE), which runs the 9th largest school district in the nation was seeking an additional $74 million in funds for the next school year starting on July 1. But the Hawai’i legislature only approved $35 million. Most of this funding will fund school utilities and student transportation.
The following are the allocations and corresponding funding amounts:
- School utility costs: $13 million
- Bus transportation: $7.4 million
- Increased food service costs: $5 million
- Bonus pays for teachers at schools that are difficult to staff: $3.6 million
- Per-student funds to account for enrollment increases: $2.4 million
The Hawai’i Department of Education (DOE) was able to finding alternative funding for the shortfall created, some of which will include reallocating existing funds. Some of the unfunded programs that the DOE will move ahead with are the following:
- Information technology – implementing new student information systems: $4.8 million
- Textbooks and equipment for new facilities: $2 million
- Workers compensation benefits and claims: $2 million
- Bonuses for board certified teachers working in low-performance schools: $1.1 million
- Skilled nursing services for special needs students: $1 million
According to an external audit, The Hawaii DOE is $2.5 billion operation with more than 94% spent on school-related expenses.
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