Plans for Old Maui High School Met with OppositionFebruary 14, 2017, 4:30 PM HST · Updated February 14, 4:32 PM Wendy Osher · 3 Comments
Organizers of a community meeting in Pāʻia were met with heavy opposition from area residents to plans for leasing the Old Maui High School campus to TEACH Development LLC, a company that is looking to utilize the 23 acre campus.
An online petition drew more than 1900 signatures, criticizing the project for lack of community engagement, with opponents arguing that the county could make better use of the historical site for projects that better meet the needs of the community.
The petition states: “We believe the county should consider collaboration with local non-profits who are already established and understand the community’s social, economic, and cultural problems. Local entities deserve this space, we have much bigger need for Charter Schools, Agriculture & Native Plant Greenhouses, or Kupuna (elders) centers.”
Representatives of TEACH LLC say their mission is to re-purpose the site to foster increased and sustainable social economic and environmental benefits for Maui.
Representatives told Maui County councilmembers in August that the educational center would also provide opportunities for training in clean technology, green jobs, and innovation farming.
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