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Facilities expenses eat up charter schools' budgets

By Nanea Kalani

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 16, 2014

~~<p>When the state rewarded Hawaii island charter school Na Wai Ola with a $95,000 check last fall for ranking as one of the state's top-performing public schools, Principal Daniel Caluya's first thoughts gravitated toward desperately needed improvements in the aging buildings the school leases.</p>
<p>The Mountain View elementary school rents a former tuberculosis treatment center built in the 1920s from the Roman Catholic Church &mdash; an expense that consumes as much as 30 percent of its nearly $1 million operating budget, leaving little left for core expenditures like salaries and instructional materials.</p>
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When the state rewarded Hawaii island charter school Na Wai Ola with a $95,000 check last fall for ranking as one of the state's top-performing public schools, Principal Daniel Caluya's first thoughts gravitated toward desperately needed improvements in the aging buildings the school leases.

The Mountain View elementary school rents a former tuberculosis treatment center built in the 1920s from the Roman Catholic Church — an expense that consumes as much as 30 percent of its nearly $1 million operating budget, leaving little left for core expenditures like salaries and instructional materials. Login for more...



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