Education Front: Schofield schools address population, boundary changes

| March 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

School Liaison Office
News Release

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Hawaii Department of Education will redistrict the boundaries for Hale Kula, Solomon, Helemano, Wheeler, and Wahiawa Elementary Schools, as well as Wahiawa and Wheeler Middle Schools, to address the rapid population growth on Schofield Barracks beginning school year 2010-2011.

“Due to the rapid population growth on Schofield Barracks, we are faced with overcrowding and classroom shortages at Solomon Elementary,” said Patricia Park, complex area superintendent for the Central Oahu District Office. “To provide the optimum safe learning environment for all of our students, the following changes will take place for school year 2010-2011. These resolutions have been crafted and designed with the partnership between the Hawaii Department of Education and the U.S. Army Garrison–Hawaii.”

Families living in the Schofield Barracks and Kalakaua I communities will attend Wahiawa elementary and middle schools.

Kalakaua II families will attend Hale Kula Elementary and Wheeler Middle School.

All families living on Helemano Military Reservation will attend Helemano Elementary and Wahiawa Middle.

Leilehua High School will remain status quo since both Wheeler and Wahiawa Middle Schools feed into the high school.

Lt. Col. Richard Gledhill, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Oahu, briefed the community regarding the school boundary changes at the last North Town Hall meeting, here, Jan 26. He also arranged for Park and Tamsin Keone, director, school support services, to address any questions or concerns on this issue.

“Families will probably be most concerned with the planned changes of Kalakaua I and have questions regarding why their child will need to attend Wahiawa Elementary (an off-post school, which includes a bus ride),” Park said.

However, students will have smaller class sizes, and research has shown that smaller class size means higher academic achievement and success.

According to Army Hawaii Family Housing the present occupancy rate on Schofield Barracks is at an all-time high with about 98 percent of the homes occupied by Army Families.

Due to the high occupancy of the AHFH homes, student enrollment has increased dramatically on Schofield Barracks. As a result, the boundary changes have become a necessity.

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