Charter school director, board asked to resign, may keep doors open

Halau Lokahi Charter School
Halau Lokahi Charter School

Drastic changes could be coming to a financially troubled charter school.

The Charter School Commission says that Halau Lokahi may not have to close if its board and director, Laara Allbrett, resign. They have until the end of the month to do so.

The commission is also demanding an audit of the school.

Halau Lokahi has been plagued with financial problems. It stopped paying its staff and rent after racking up a debt of more than $400,000.

Allbrett previously said she and the governing board did everything they could do to save money after enrollment dropped by 50 students which amounted to a $300,000 cut in funding. She also said substantial funding from a private donor fell through last month.

A new financial plan was submitted to the commission for review. It includes raising enrollment to 225 students and cutting staff members.

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