Funding for Maui High School band and sports training rooms in budget

The state House Finance Committee has included in its version of the supplemental budget $750,000 in design and planning funds for a new weight training and wrestling room and either an expansion or new band and chorus room at Maui High School, Maui state Rep. Justin Woodson announced Wednesday.

On the music facility expansion, Brina Dorser, a House committee clerk, said Thursday that an assessment would need to be made on whether to expand the existing building, part of the original campus that opened in 1972, or to build a new one, she said.

The Maui High School Band, which has won numerous state marching awards and will be playing in the Rose Bowl Parade in 2015, has tripled in size and outgrown its current facilities. Band Director Kerry Wasano has “to work in shifts,” Dorser said.

At this point, there is no timeline for the band/chorus room or weight training and wrestling room, she said, adding that plans are in the beginning stages.

Woodson, a member of the Finance Committee who represents Kahului, also announced the inclusion of $5 million for the Central Maui Regional Sports Complex in Maui Lani. The 65-acre park, bordered by the Maui Lani subdivision and Kuihelani Highway, is proposed to include a full-sized baseball field, four Little League-sized baseball fields, four soccer fields and four softball fields.

State officials indicated in October that the estimated $22 million project had garnered about $18.7 million. The $5 million, if approved, appears to be enough to complete the project.

State officials said in October that they hoped to begin construction in June with completion by the end of 2015.

Also included in the supplemental budget bill was $1 million for outcome-based funding for the University of Hawaii community colleges and $5.1 million to help residents with their energy payments.

The House Finance Committee approved the supplemental budget Wednesday, and the full House is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget measures next week.

The bill numbers are House Bill 1700, House Draft 1, and House Bill 1638, House Draft 2.