Hawaii Island charter school gets $618,000 for new campus

Photo: Volcano School of Art & Sciences

A small Hawaii Island public charter school is getting a big boost from the state.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Wednesday the release of $618,000 in capital improvement grant funds to plan and design a new campus for the Volcano School of Arts & Sciences in Volcano Village.

The campus will be built on a 3.5-acre site at the historic Keakealani School, which VSAS is currently leasing from the state Dept. of Education for its grades 5-8 classes.

This project will allow the school to consolidate its grades K-4 classes, which are currently located on Old Volcano Rd., with its grades 5-8 classes so the school’s students will be together on one campus.

The nonprofit Friends of the Volcano School of Arts & Sciences is expected to fund the construction phase of the project privately through donations, foundation grants, loans and possible federal assistance.

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