Area Schools Rewarded By DOE

Hahaione and Hokulani elementary schools recently earned a gold star for achievement, backed by $15,000 in DOE Strive HI cash for high performance to help them strive even higher.

The state Department of Education named the East Oahu schools and 13 other elementary schools across the state to Recognition status within the Strive Hi Performance System, in which high performance is defined as achieving significant success or improvements in the 2013-14 school year, and being among the top 5 percent to do so.

“Their success demonstrates what’s possible when an entire school community works together toward a common goal of student success,” stated deputy superintendent Ronn Nozoe. “I congratulate all of the administrators, teachers, students and parents in these (15) schools for their dedication and commitment to success.”

The schools now must spend their reward on such things as professional development, technology, musical instruments, science lab equipment and other improvement strategies.

Overall, Hawaii’s centralized school system is comprised of 255 schools and 33 charter schools, serving more than 185,000 students.