House budget includes $37M for Maui projects

The Maui News

The state House of Representatives approved a budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 on Monday, including $10 million for design and construction of a new intermediate school in Kahului, $2 million for design of a new classroom building at Paia Elementary School and $700,000 to repair and renovate the Kahului Library, according to an announcement from House Finance Committee Chairwoman Sylvia Luke.

“This is a budget that keeps our government operating without wasting money and provides funds for many much-needed projects,” Luke said.

House-proposed funding for the Department of Education statewide amounts to $2.1 billion in fiscal 2019, her announcement said.

Programs set for funding include:

• $1 million for additional support to English-language learners.

• $850,000 for athletic travel to give students the opportunity to participate in interscholastic competitions.

• $500,000 for the Early College program.

• $500,000 for the Alternative Teacher Route Program to help recruit and certify potential public school teachers.

• $400,000 for the Teacher Certification Stipend Program to increase the number of qualified public school teachers.

Central Maui Rep. Justin Woodson said his district would receive $37.22 million in funding for capital improvement projects under the House spending plan.

Aside from the intermediate school, the House budget would set aside $1 million for construction of a Maui High School building for science, technology, engineering and math studies.

Woodson reported that other appropriations include:

• $16.1 million for Kahului Airport improvements.

• $3.46 million for Kahului Harbor improvements.

• $2.5 million for plans, land acquisition, design and construction of the Kahului civic center and to create a Maui Bus transportation hub there.

• $400,000 for plans and designs for expansion of the University of Hawaii Maui College culinary arts program.