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BOE to decide tonight on closing small Kaimuki school

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The state Board of Education will vote tonight on whether to close Queen Liliuokalani Elementary in Kaimuki at the end of the school year.

The full board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Kekaha Elementary School on Kauai.

Liliuokalani parents are raising concerns about the decision to vote on the matter on Kauai, rather than at an Oahu meeting.

“It’s a monumental decision and you’re taking it away from our island,” parent Jan Bullock said to board members this morning. She added Liliuokalani supporters are “trying to stay positive.”

“We feel that this is a wonderful school that’s worth fighting for,” she said.

The department is eyeing small schools statewide for consolidation as part of push to save money. So far the state has closed two schools but spared six others on the possible closure list.

Under a Department of Education plan, Liliuokalani’s 98 students would be transferred to Liholiho and Waialae elementary schools next school year.

Liliuokalani parents have come out in force against the closure, saying the school provides a nurturing, safe environment for their kids.

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