One of Oahu’s fastest growing communities will welcome a new elementary school next year.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for what will be a Kapolei II elementary school. An official school name will be selected with the help of the Kapolei community upon completion of its construction, which is projected to be in April 2015.
“Building a new school is much more than creating classroom learning opportunities for children,” said DOE schools superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “This is about building a school community where we all have a shared responsibility.”
Kapolei II Elementary is expected to serve 750 students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5, when it opens in fall 2015. The 78,404-square-foot school will be located between Kunehi St. and Fort Barrette Rd. The school campus will be comprised of seven buildings surrounding a central courtyard including a library, cafeteria and a dedicated arts and science building. The campus will feature air-conditioned classrooms, learning gardens, playfields and a wireless network throughout all buildings.
Last year’s legislature appropriated $40 million for the construction of Kapolei II Elementary. Gov. Abercrombie released the project funding to the DOE in June 2013. D.R. Horton Hawaii provided the land for the project.
“Kapolei is seeing tremendous population growth and today’s groundbreaking symbolizes an investment in our keiki and our economy,” said Gov. Abercrombie.
The project will be designed and built according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Schools 2009 standards. In addition to LEED Silver Certification, the school will have onsite bio-retention and native landscaping. Multiple drop-off entries for parents and school buses as well as expansion areas for increased enrollment if needed have also been incorporated into the plan.