The Maui News - Public school enrollment in Maui County grew by 1.6 percent to more than 21,000 students this school year as the impact of Kamehameha Schools Maui on the island student population diminishes, according to a state Department of Education official.
The enrollment at the private school, which serves Native Hawaiian youths, has grown to 1,000 students over the last decade, and has siphoned off students from the public schools and has tempered enrollment growth in Maui County, Tom Saka, DOE information management specialist, said.
Although the student population has remained relatively stable, another trend poses concerns for the school officials. Schools Upcountry are steadily losing enrollment, while schools in Central Maui are growing and some are full, said Saka.
"It's a tough situation," said Saka, noting that the other intermediate school in Central Maui, 'Iao Intermediate, is near capacity with 841 students.
He indicated that there may be issues finding classrooms to handle the migration of students to Central Maui. He cited the planned Kihei High School as a new facility in the works to help ease growing student numbers.