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Update on the HAAS School Bus Issue – Hoping to Resume Service When There is Adequate Space

On Friday August 9, Hawai’i County Council Member Greggor Ilagan facilitated a discussion regarding recent transportation challenges for students attending the Hawai’i Academy of Arts and Sciences Charter School (HAAS).

HAAS Administration Building

HAAS Administration Building

Principal Darlene Bee of Pahoa High School, Principal Steve Hirakami of HAAS, Hawai’i State Senator Russell Ruderman and State Representative Faye Hanohano were all in attendance.

Brian De Lima, Vice Chairman of the Board of Education, was unable to attend the meeting, but was available by phone. He related that he is committed to assisting with reinstating bus service to HAAS.

“We are hoping that we can administratively resume bus service when there is adequate space,” said De Lima, “I will work with the Department of Education (DOE) to re-institute bus service on existing DOE bus routes, while this rule change is being discussed.” According to De Lima, a Hawai’i Administrative Rule change may be necessary to identify transport services for charter schools under certain conditions.

“Everyone agrees that children need safe and consistent access to education,” said Council Member Ilagan, “Hopefully the current problems can be resolved quickly.”