Pahoa school gets Race to the Top grant


The Keonepoko Elementary School in Pahoa has been awarded a $296,200 Race to the Top grant for electrical improvements.

Principal Kathleen Romero said the money will be used to fix the school’s bell system, add fans to several classrooms, and make upgrades to the electrical system that will allow the school to provide more computers for students.

The work will likely occur in the next three months and classes aren’t expected to be impacted.

With the upgrade to the electrical system, the school anticipates providing computers for each of its 100 grade 1 students by next school year.

“It is absolutely wonderful,” Romero said.

Students in grades 2-6 already have individual computers.

 

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