Vanessa Escajeda's last day as a secretary in her Kaimuki office is Friday. She will transfer to Maemae Elementary, but she is sad that the future of the program at Kaimuki's Adult Community School is up in the air.
Under a restructuring program, the 11 adult education schools across the state, will be folded into two.
The school's teachers and staff have signed a letter hoping to convince the superintendent they should be allowed to continue as a separate self-supporting entity.
"We signed a letter as a school in support of this self-sufficiency plan and we hope the right eyes will read it with open minds,” Escajeda said.
The state’s adult community schools offer classes that help people get the equivalent of a high school diploma, or who need help learning English. Staff said Kaimuki also has solid offerings of recreational classes, everything from cooking to karaoke, which sets it apart.
"Kaimuki offers recreational classes which makes us unique compared to the other adult schools, and because of this, we are able to collect tuition which makes the school self-sustaining," said Escajeda.
A recent survey of students indicated the majority were willing to pay more to keep taking classes.
The school's principal, Randy Tanaka said he was told last week that the nine principals will be paid their salaries for one more month.
After that, they will have to apply for jobs at other schools, but there are not enough slots for everyone.
Whoever doesn’t get hired, will likely be placed in other positions within the DOE.