August 15, 2014 Maui News Letter to the Editor

The Kihei community has been told that there was $130 million in the 2015 fiscal year budget to build Kihei high school. The Department of Education (DOE) could hit the ground running when the money became available on July 1, 2014. The DOE would be able to move forward as it planned for the past 6 years, contracting the project as a design-build with a single contractor. The design-build would save money and time. At numerous public hearings the DOE had projected a 2018 opening date.

I was disappointed to find out that this is no longer the case. I have been informed by the DOE that the total funds are not available. $130 million was approved, however the executive branch has said that $100 million is unavailable due to a lack of a funding mechanism. In the thirteenth hour, the project has now been changed to a traditional design-bid-build, built and funded in incremental phases with multiple contractors. Adding to the cost and delaying the school opening. The DOE confirms there is $30 million available, to be used for a first phase contract to provide for basic site work, infrastructure and utilities. This contract is expected to go to bid in spring of 2015. There no longer is a timeline on when the school will open.

Please attend the September 16 Kihei Community Association meeting where representatives from the DOE and local legislators will update “the plan for Kihei high school”.

Andrew Beerer, Board Member

Kihei Community Association

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