Big Isle charter school at 5 sites now
What ever happened to Waters of Life Public Charter School, which was at risk of having its charter revoked for operating without required zoning permits on the Big Island?
Answer: Waters of Life moved out of two rented homes at Paradise Park Subdivision before spring break and continued to operate at other sites, said school Director Katheryn Crayton-Shay.
Paradise Park is mostly residential but the subdivision is zoned agricultural, triggering a need for special permits when the school moved into the houses last fall.
Zamber said the Paradise Park homes "were completely legal structures, but for residential purposes."
"We advised the school to seek facilities that would meet all the health and safety requirements," he said.
Students who were at Paradise Park completed all their assignments and took tests required by the No Child Left Behind law at Sangha Hall in Hilo.
The Charter School Review Panel is giving Waters of Life time to get required permits to move into new classes, according to panel Chairman Alvin Parker.
Waters of Life has about 220 students from kindergarten through a new 10th-grade class starting in the next academic year, Crayton-Shay said.
"We are just trying to make sure we close the year," she said. "We are in the black, so that has been an extra plus."
This update was written by Star-Bulletin reporter Alexandre Da Silva.
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