HONOLULU (AP) - The state Department of Education will continue offering adult education services even after state funding for the campuses is cut in half next school year.
Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi told the state Board of Education this week the goal is to lower costs without cutting program offerings.
The department will eliminate 17 principal and other positions at adult community schools.
It will retain two community schools with the highest enrollments, at McKinley and Waipahu, but convert the remaining eight to satellite campuses.
Lawmakers set aside $2.5 million for adult education next fiscal year. That's half of what the programs had been getting previously.
The department is also looking for ways to cope with a $16 million shortfall in funding for school buses.