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Board of Education votes to keep Kaaawa Elementary School open

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Kaaawa Elementary School will remain open.

The Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to scrap a consolidation plan for the 150-student campus.

Schools superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and a consolidation task force also opposed closing the school.

“We’re delighted,” said Brian Walsh, Kaaawa’s School Community Council chairman. “This is the end of a long process. It’s been going on for over a year and a half.”

Kaaawa was one of a number of schools the Department of Education was eying for closure as a way to save money.

But so far, only two schools studied for consolidation have actually closed.

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