School misses payroll, might be asked to close


HONOLULU (AP) — A state Public Charter School Commission official says a Kalihi school stopped paying employees and might be asked to shut down.

Commission director Tom Hutton said Halau Lokahi Charter School has debts of more than $417,000.

The school last year had a staff of 22 overseeing 183 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The school’s curriculum is based in Hawaii culture.

The commission placed the school on its agenda for a meeting today. Hutton said he expects to recommend the commission ask the school’s governing board to close the school voluntarily.

The school’s director, Laara Allbrett, did not respond to requests for comment.

Halau Lokahi opened in 2001 and is one of the state’s oldest charter schools.

 

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