Conditions set for troubled charter school


HONOLULU — The commission that oversees Hawaii charter schools says a financially troubled Honolulu school can continue but only if its board and director resign and turn over all financial records.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Charter School Commission wants a forensic audit of financial records at Halau Lokahi Public Charter School.

The school opened in 2001 with a Hawaiian-focused curriculum. It ran up debts of $417,000 and stopped paying rent in February.

The school stopped paying teachers June 5. Its staff of 23 includes director Laara Allbrett and five members of her family.

The commission says the school will cease to exist at the end of the month without new leadership and a financial plan that includes a way to repay debts.

Allbrett did not comment after the vote.