Innovations Public Charter School will be housed on the Kahakai Elementary School campus. A preliminary agreement with the current principal, Mr. James Palmer, can be found at the end of this section.
Kahakai is located at 76-147 Royal Poinciana Drive, two miles south of Kailua-Kona and about a third of a mile inland from the Kona coast. Construction of a new Administration/Library building, which will be completed April 2001, affords an opportunity for classroom use by IPCS (opening August 2001) without causing concerns of overcrowding. IPCS will occupy five portable classrooms (TB1, TB2, P1, P2, P3) and have its administrative office located in an adjacent half size room (B103). A map of the Kahakai campus can be found at the end of this section.
Each year, the IPCS Business Manager and Teacher/Director will meet with Kahakai's administration to review the agreement and make any necessary adjustments determined by the two representative groups. A year-to-year agreement was requested by IPCS to facilitate dialogue between to the two schools to determine what is working in regards to facilities and what changes need to be made.
Because IPCS will give enrollment preference to students in Kahakai district and it is anticipated that the majority of students attending IPCS will be former Kahakai students, Mr. Palmer has agreed to allow IPCS to keep the room furnishings and standard classroom equipment assigned to the portables and B103. In addition, the technology equipment acquired from a SY 2000-2001 TLCF grant will made available to IPCS students.
The Kahakai schedules IPCS plans to follow are:
The agreements reached for use of common areas are:
The process for determining how charter schools will select services for their school are still being worked out by the Department of Education. Based on the Auditor's report (2000) and information currently available to the IPCS planning team, it has been initially decided by IPCS to have the following services remain the responsibility of the Department of Education:
IPCS will apply to the DOE for a unique mailing address so mail can be delivered to the charter school without being sorted by Kahakai clerks.
Mr. Palmer will work with IPCS staff to determine the details of service responsibilities as more information is made available.
To facilitate making decisions that need to be negotiated with Kahakai's administration, the following process was agreed upon:
IPCS will submit a written proposal/request to Kahakai administration.
If Kahakai has a request for IPCS, the same procedure will be followed. If the two groups are having difficulty making a decision, Dan Sakai, Hawaii District Superintendent, and Dr. Nina Buchanan, Professor of Education at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, and member of the Hawaii Charter School's Consortium, will be asked to mediate and facilitate discussion.
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