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Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School Seats 4 to New Governing Board – Additional Seats Open

Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School (LCPCS) faculty, staff, parents and community members elected the school’s first governing board on September 6.

The LCPCS Interim Local School Board transitioned out on September 11. A formal exchange of seats marked the changing of the board.

“This is a critical time in our school’s history,” said LCPCS Director, Dr. David Rizor. “We benefit from past and present perspectives and ideas as we continue to build a school that is in the best interest of the students and the Laupahoehoe community.”

Members of the LCPCS Governing Board are:

Jonah Kaye is the Secondary Special Education teacher at LCPCS. He has been a special education teacher in Hawaii’s public schools for eleven years. Jonah believes that self-esteem is the foundation for all education and uses building projects in his classroom to develop a positive learning environment. He has three children at the school.

Tracy Jardine is the office coordinator at LCPCS. Her in-laws, husband and children graduated from Laupahoehoe School. She believes that LCPCS is on its way to becoming a great school.

Bethany Morrison, LCPCS parent, is a long-range planner for the County of Hawaii and member of the Ocean Resources Management Program Working Group. She has experience in collaborating with different levels of government and agencies as well as grant proposal writing and fiscal management.

Community member George Martin is a 1978 graduate of Lauapahoehoe School. A former mechanic for Yamada and Sons, Martin has been a business agent for the ILWU 142 for seven years. He was president of the Ookala Community Association and served on the Ookala Community Forest Board.

According to the State’s charter school law, the school’s director, Dr. Rizor, who is a non-voting member of the board, and the four elected members, will appoint additional board members.

Ideally, applicants should demonstrate an understanding of best practices of non-profit governance and possess strong financial and academic management and oversight abilities, as well as human resource and fundraising experience.

The Governing Board is responsible for the financial, organizational, and academic viability of the school and implementation of its charter.

Anyone interested in serving on the Governing Board may send in an expression of interest to the school by email at info@laupahoehoecharterschool.org.

Agendas for the Governing Board meetings are posted online at http://www.laupahoehoecharterschool.com/board-meeting-agendas.html

 

Hawaii State Third Circuit Court Dismisses the Action Filed that Attempted to Block Opening of Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School

On April 18th, Hawaii State Third Circuit Court Judge Glenn S. Hara granted the joint motion of the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) and Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School (LCPCS) to dismiss the action filed by the Hawaii State Teachers’ Association (HSTA), Robert Beekman and Andrea Wilson that attempted to block the opening of the Charter School. Laupahoehoe Alumni and Community Association joined BOE and LCPCS in the motion to dismiss.

Judge Hara ruled that the HSTA, Mr. Beekman and Mrs. Wilson had no standing to present claims on appeal from the BOE’s January 24th order for the Charter School to hold local school board elections on or before September 30 2012. The BOE decision and order also provided for LCPCS to open in the 2012-2013 school year.

An increasing number of parents of prospective students from across the island have already contacted Loida Navalta, Administrative Consultant for the Charter School. LCPCS, which opens its doors to students on August 1st, has room for more than 400 students and anticipates an increase over the current year in enrollment.

Incoming students are excited about the partners and new programs that will be offered at the Charter School. For information about enrolling new students, contact Loida Navalta by email at info@laupahoehoecharterschool.com or call 808-430-8699. For more information about LCPCS, go to the website (www.laupahoehoecharterschool.com). Questions and concerns about the charter school may be presented at the public Interim Local School Board meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm (the website will list the most up to date information).

Laupahoehoe Charter School Interim Board Welcomes Input

Local parents and their families are excited about the opening of Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School in July 2012.  Parent and Laupahoehoe High & Elementary School graduate Kaihi Francisco recently stated: “My family and I thank those who worked hard and diligently for our charter school, and thank the Board of Education for their approval to open in July.  We are happy and excited!”

The Laupahoehoe Charter School Interim Local School Board (ILSB) supports citizens in their exercise of their first amendment rights of free speech, freedom to assemble and to petition their government and respects the right of individuals to express their objection to the Laupahoehoe Charter School opening in July 2012. It is with aloha that the ILSB welcomes dialog about any concerns that exist within the community and the school.

Francisco and his family stated: “We feel saddened that our enthusiasm is not shared by all in the community.  We hope that those who continue to hinder the progress of better opportunities for our youth will see the vision and give their support to our Charter.”

Parent Phoebe Mills went further, saying: “I’ve heard that a few teachers at the school are encouraging the kids in their classes to oppose the charter-conversion. I’m sure that most teachers would never do this, but if it’s true, it’s appalling.  The students should not be dragged into this on school time.”

The ILSB welcomes anyone with questions about the school opening or process to go to the website (www.laupahoehoecharterschool.com) or call 808-430-8699. Questions and concerns about the charter school may be presented at the public ILSB meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm (the website will list the most up to date information).

Interest in the charter school is widespread.  Numerous inquiries have come in from prospective parents and teachers who are enthusiastic about becoming part of an innovative community school.  To kick off the Charter’s hands-on learning approach, an exciting outdoors experience for high school students is planned for this summer.

An upcoming presentation by Board of Education Chair Don Horner & Vice Chair Brian DeLima will be held in February in the Laupahoehoe area to help the community to move forward.

The school encourages this year’s teachers to consider teaching at the charter school when it opens in July, 2012 and to submit letters of interest and resumes by February 15 2012. Inquiries regarding student registration or employment for qualified State teachers and staff should be directed to info@laupahoehoecharterschool.com.

Board of Education Grants Laupahoehoe Charter School Appeal – Will Open July 2012

The Board of Education Affirms That Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School Will Open July 2012.

Laupahoehoe Charter School will open in July 2012 following the State of Hawai`i Board of Education (BOE) final decision issued on Wednesday January 24, 2012.  (Please see attached decision.)

The decision came one week after the BOE heard two appeals brought by Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School (LCPCS) that challenged the actions of the Charter School Review Panel (CSRP). The Panel had ignored an amendment to the school’s implementation plan setting local school board elections by September, 2012 and directed that the school not open before the 2013-2014 school year.

On behalf of the Interim Local School Board, ILSB President Niki Barton Hubbard stated:  “We thank the BOE for its strong support for charter school students and for educational reform by overturning the CSRP’s misguided directives. The ILSB looks forward to working with the school and community to open a great school in July 2012.   The ILSB also thanks the many supporters in the Laupahoehoe school community who have worked for years to improve education for area students.  The ILSB expects that the Department of Education and CSRP will use their best efforts for the benefit of the students to ensure a smooth transition for the charter school opening.”  In March, 2012 LCPCS plans to hold its first welcoming celebration and information event in Laupahoehoe for new and existing students, parents, school employees and community members.

The ILSB continues to seek highly qualified teachers, school administrators and staff for the charter school.   Current LHES employees and other who wish to be considered for employment are encouraged to submit applications by February 15, 2012 to info@laupahoehoecharterschool.com.  A formal submission is required. Instructions can be found at www.laupahoehoecharterschool.com.

Laupahoehoe Charter School Appeals Submitted to Board of Education

On December 8, 2011, the Hawaii Charter School Review Panel (CSRP) tripped over itself, again, in unlawfully taking action against the charter of the Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School (LCPCS).

Here are the following documents pertaining to the Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School (LCPCS):

1. December 29, 2011 Appeal on behalf of LCPCS from the Charter School Review Panel’s Revocation of Charter

2. Appeal Hearing Notification from Board of Education – Revocation of Charter

3. Appeal Hearing Notification from Board of Education – Denial of Amendment to Detailed Implementation Plan.

Please contact LCPCS Interim Local School Board member Steve Strauss at stevenstrausslawyer@gmail.com or 808-969-6684.

Charter School Review Panel Takes Unlawful Actions Against Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School

On December 8, 2011, the Hawaii Charter School Review Panel (CSRP) tripped over itself, again, in unlawfully taking action against the charter of the Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School (LCPCS).

Without hearing from LCPCS Interim Local School Board members who were present at the Panel’s meeting, acting contrary to agenda information previously provided to the charter school, and following an illegal “executive session”, the Panel violated multiple State laws and greatly exceeded its own authority by trying to delay the opening of the charter school.

The charter school will seek immediate relief from the State Board of Education and expects that the school will open July 1, 2012 as lawfully scheduled.

LCPCS is now accepting letters of interest and resumes from qualified teachers. Inquiries regarding student registration or employment should be directed to info@laupahoehoecharterschool.com. Go to www.laupahoehoecharterschool.org for more information on LCPCS.