Castle Redesign Plan Up For Action

What began a year ago as an emergency dialogue to save the ailing Castle High School from a radical academic overhaul is now a final report and action plan, ready for the community to hear and respond to.

Billed as the Castle Redesign Kick-off, the team behind it invites the community to come from 5:30 to8p.m.Aug.28 to KEY Project to learn what’s next for Kaneohe’s public high school — and to enjoy refreshments from KEY Project’s new commercial kitchen. The multipurpose community center is located at 47-200 Waihee Road, and an RSVP is requested by Aug. 21 to

“It’s a quite exciting redesign,” said Susan Young, veteran DOE educator now

working with complex area superintendent Lea Albert on the bid to improve the school and prepare area teens for life and careers. She urges parents, neighbors in ZIP code 96744, and all who have a stake in the area’s youths to “catch up and reconnect over ono pupus, learn about the plan and about how you can continue to participate in making our community’s collective vision a reality for our students.”

The first public dialogue was last September, called by Albert to reverse the downward spiral that was evident on campus. “Reconstitution is a strong possibility,” she warned at the time, “and a very unattractive alternative.” Since then, about 200 people have met several times to develop a redesigned, reinvented school instead of, perhaps, seeing teachers fired and an outside group take over operations.

For more information, call Young at 256-6182.