Information on Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao Public Charter School​​

Commission Selects Transitional Governing Board for Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao Public Charter School

September 14, 2018

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, the State Public Charter School Commission (Commission) moved to appoint the following people to the transitional governing board of Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School:
 

Lehua Abrigo, Chantelle Belay, Charles Laux, Saydee Pojas, Nicole Mehanaokala Hind, Dawn Kauʻilani Sang and Angela Hoppe-Cruz.

 

The Commission received and reviewed applications from 17 individuals interested in serving on the school’s transitional governing board.  

 

Being a member of a governing board of a public charter school is a position of public trust and fiduciary responsibility. Board members are responsible for ensuring the quality of the school's educational, financial, and organizational plans. They must also be competent stewards of public funds, and must ensure the school fulfills its public obligations and all terms of its Charter Contract.

 

At its General Business Meeting on August 31, 2018, the Commission voted unanimously to issue a Notice of Reconstitution for the Governing Board of Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao Public Charter School after it found that the governing board had failed to manage the financial performance of the school. The Commission was compelled to act in the best interest of the school, its students, staff and the community.  The Commission raised concerns about the school’s financial performance in the past years in hopes the governing board and school leadership would address the situation without intervention. When it became clear to the Commission that the governing board was not going to be able to take the necessary corrective actions, the Commission voted to reconstitute the board.

 

The Commission would like to thank the Ka Waihona O Ka Naʻauao School community and all the highly-qualified applicants  who stepped forward to serve this beloved community charter school.

Reconstitution of Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao Public Charter School Governing Board (Letter to Staff and Faculty)

September 5, 2018

Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School

Staff and Faculty
 

RE: RECONSTITUTION OF KA WAIHONA O KA NAʻAUAO PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL GOVERNING BOARD

 

Aloha kākou, Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School staff and faculty:

 

Thank you for your continued support for public charter school education and your dedication to Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School (KWON).

 

In Hawaii’s charter school system, the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission (Commission) is the public agency that is tasked with protecting the interests of the public, parents, and above all students. The Commission takes its responsibility to you as charter school families very seriously.

 

We want to make sure we keep you informed on the latest news in this developing situation. 

 

Action taken by Commission at its General Meeting on Friday, August 31, 2018:  The Commission voted to reconstitute the Governing Board of Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School. 

 

Why did the Commission take this action?  The Commission found that the Governing Board failed to manage the financial performance of the school, as such the Commission was required to act in the best interest of the school, its students and staff.

 

What led to the need for this action?  The Commission raised concerns about the school’s financial issues more than eleven months ago in hopes that the Governing Board and school leadership would remedy the situation on its own without intervention. When it became clear to the Commission that would not happen, the Commission took action to reconstitute the Board. 

 

Under Hawaii State law, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”) §302D-17(d), the Commission has the authority to take appropriate corrective actions or exercise sanctions short of revocation in response to apparent deficiencies in public charter school performance or legal compliance. Such actions or sanctions may include, if warranted, the reconstitution of the Governing Board of the charter school. The Commission is able to take such an action when exigent circumstances occur, including circumstances that raise serious doubts about the Governing Board's ability to fulfill its statutory, contractual, or fiduciary responsibilities.

 

The law allows the Commission to replace up to, but no more than, the number of Governing Board members necessary so that the newly appointed members constitute a voting majority in accordance with the Governing Board's bylaws. For Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School the Commission will establish a transitional Governing Board of seven members.

 

As such, the Commission is accepting applications for the transitional Governing Board until 5:00 PM on September 10, 2018.  The Commission will select the members for the transitional Governing Board at its general business meeting on September 13, 2018.

 

For official information about the school during this transitional time, and to help keep you informed of new developments, please visit our website: http://www.chartercommission.hawaii.gov/ or call our office at (808) 586-3775 if you have any immediate questions.

 

As time is of the essence, the Commission is committed to ensuring that Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School moves forward, especially for students, families and the staff, who are looking forward to this school year. With the kōkua of the Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao school community, other public institutions, and other stakeholders, we too look forward to a speedy and positive resolution in the best interest of your students. 

Commission Seeking Governing Board Members For Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao Public Charter School

August 31, 2018

The application to serve on the transitional governing board can be found here​. 

The Hawaiʻi State Public Charter School Commission is now accepting applications for persons interested in serving as governing board members of Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao Public Charter School in Nānākuli.  

 

The Commission today, Friday, August 31, 2018, voted unanimously to issue a Notice of Reconstitution for the Governing Board of Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao Public Charter School after it found that the governing board had failed to manage the financial performance of the school. The Commission was compelled to act in the best interest of the school, its students, staff and the community.  

 

The Commission raised concerns about the school's financial performance more than eleven months ago in hopes the governing board and school leadership would remedy the situation on its own without intervention. When it became clear to the Commission that the governing board  was not going to be able to take the necessary corrective actions, the Commission voted to reconstitute the board. 

 

Under Hawaiʻi State law, Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes ("HRS") §302D-17(d), the Commission is allowed to replace up to, but no more than, the number of governing board members necessary so that the newly appointed members constitute a voting majority in accordance with the governing board's bylaws. For Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao Public Charter School, their governing board requires seven members, with three members from the former board and four new members.

 

Being a member of a governing board of a public charter school is a position of public trust and fiduciary responsibility. Board members are responsible for ensuring the quality of the school's educational, financial, and organizational plans. They must also be competent stewards of public funds, and must ensure the school fulfills its public obligations and all terms of its Charter Contract. 

 

The Commission is now accepting applications until 5:00 PM on Monday, September 10, 2018. The Commission will receive testimony and is scheduled to take action on appointing transitional governing board members at its general business meeting on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

 

The application to serve on the transitional governing board can be found here. 

You can also call the Commission office at (808)586-3775. 

Reconstitution of Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao Public Charter School Governing Board (Letter to Student Families)

Posted on August 31, 2018

 Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School 

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and Families 

RE: RECONSTITUTION OF KA WAIHONA O KA NAʻAUAO PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL GOVERNING BOARD 

Aloha kākou, parents and families of Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School students: 

Thank you for your continued support for public charter school education and in enrolling your student(s) at Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School. 

In Hawaii’s charter school system, the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission (Commission) is the public agency that is tasked with protecting the interests of the public, parents, and above all students. The Commission takes its responsibility to you as charter school families very seriously. 

We want to make sure we keep you, the families, informed of the latest news in this developing situation. 

 

Action taken by Commission at its General Meeting on Friday, August 31, 2018: The Commission voted to reconstitute the Governing Board of Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School. 

Why did the Commission take this action? The Commission found that the Governing Board failed to manage the financial performance of the school, as such the Commission was required to act in the best interest of the school, its students and staff. 

 

What led to the need for this action? The Commission raised concerns about the school’s financial issues more than eleven months ago in hopes that the Governing Board and school leadership would remedy the situation on its own without intervention. When it became clear to the Commission that would not happen, the Commission took action to reconstitute the Board. 

Under Hawaii State law, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”) §302D-17(d), the Commission has the authority to take appropriate corrective actions or exercise sanctions short of revocation in response to apparent deficiencies in public charter school performance or legal compliance. Such actions or sanctions may include, if warranted, the reconstitution of the Governing Board of the charter school. The Commission is able to take such an action when exigent circumstances occur, including circumstances that raise serious doubts about the Governing Board's ability to fulfill its statutory, contractual, or fiduciary responsibilities. 

The law allows the Commission to replace up to, but no more than, the number of Governing Board members necessary so that the newly appointed members constitute a voting majority in accordance with the Governing Board's bylaws. For Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School the Commission will establish a transitional Governing Board of seven members. 

As such, the Commission is accepting applications for the transitional Governing Board until 5:00 PM on September 10, 2018. The Commission will select the members for the transitional Governing Board at its general business meeting on September 13, 2018. 

For an application to serve on the transitional Governing Board, or for official information about the school during this transitional time, please visit our website: http://www.chartercommission.hawaii.gov/ or call our office at (808) 586-3775 if you have any immediate questions. 

As time is of the essence, the Commission is committed to ensuring that Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School moves forward, especially for students and families who are looking forward to this new school year. With the kōkua of the Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao school community, other public institutions, and other stakeholders, we look forward to a speedy and positive resolution in the best interest of your children. 

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* The Commission gratefully acknowledges  former Commissioner, Dr. Peter Hanohano, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the translation of the Commission’s name.

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