School Liaison Office; Child, Youth and School Services; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Hawaii Department of Education, or DOE, has addressed safety concerns regarding the cancellation of the Wili Wili bus route to and from Wheeler Elementary School and Wheeler Middle School and will provide bus transportation to those affected Wili Wili students.
This news comes just days prior to the first day of school.
“This is great news for the students of the Wili Wili community,” said Tamsin Keone, director, School Support Services; School Liaison Office; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.
“Ensuring that our youth get to school safely is a priority for U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and the Department of Education,” Keone said. “Students and parents can now focus on the learning that takes place in the classroom rather than how they will get to school each day.”
Mamo Miner, student transportation coordinator, Central District, DOE, played a large part in continuing bus service for students in the Wili Wili community. Miner worked with the bus company and school administrators to consolidate bus routes and accommodate students who will arrive to campus prior to the start of school.
School transportation was a major safety concern for Col. Daniel Whitney, commander, USAG-HI, as well. Representatives from USAG-HI’s Directorate of Public Works; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Directorate of Emergency Services; Island Palms Community; Army Housing; and the Public Affairs Office were all directed to address this issue and provide recommendations to the garrison commander.
Fred Murphy, principal, Wheeler Elementary School, is pleased with the way this safety issue was addressed.
“The way the bus company and Army community have come together to help our children is inspiring,” Murphy said. “I am grateful for those who were able to help our children to and from school safely.”
Two morning pickups are scheduled from the Wili Wili playground.
Students will be dropped of at the Wili Wili playground at about 2:30 p.m.
As USAG-HI continues working with the DOE in support of our children, all bus routes have been restored with the exception of one discontinued at AMR to Radford High School. Ridership for this particular route will impact seven students from last school year.