Boarding program in need of two new girls dormitory attendants

Lahainaluna High School’s boarding program needs to find two girls dormitory attendants – and soon.

“We are increasing our staffing to ensure the health and safety of our students who reside at Lahainaluna High School,” said Principal Emily DeCosta. “We’ve filled the positions to supervise the boys dorms and are hoping to find qualified candidates to supervise the girls dorms within the next week.”

The boarders begin arriving on the west side public school campus Aug. 4, according to Vice Principal Joanne Dennis.

She added that it is likely that the new attendants could be substitute hires as the state Department of Education completes its formal hiring process.

Dennis said there are three girls dormitory attendants, and one position had been filled as of Wednesday.

Dorm attendants are responsible for supervising student assignments, maintaining cleanliness and orderliness of the dormitory on campus, and supervising household chores and homework by boarding students.

The shifts will be eight hours per day, five days a week. The shifts could include Saturdays and be overnight, Dennis said.

The candidates for the job need to be female. Other qualifications include possessing a valid Hawaii driver’s license, having two years of work experience demonstrating the ability to deal effectively with people and having or being willing to learn first aid skills.

The salary is $2,647 a month.

Applications need to be made with the Education Department at Candidates are asked to call the school at 662-4000 to arrange an interview for a substitute position while applications are being processed.

The nation’s only public school boarding program was started in September 1836 with 32 boys between the ages of 10 and 20. It’s a work study program, where the students work for their room and board by putting in time landscaping or working on the farm or in the dorm on campus.

Boarders put in an hour before school, two hours after school and time on Saturday mornings.

There are 31 new boarders expected Aug. 4, with the possibility of a few more, said Dennis. School officials expect a boarding enrollment of 80 to 85 students.

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