With new school year approaching, Ewa Beach charter school awaits approval from retail giant
Before welcoming its inaugural class, DreamHouse Ewa Beach needs support from its neighbors.
Applications are rolling in for a new public charter school set to open in Ewa Beach this August.
But is their location guaranteed?
The founders of DreamHouse Ewa Beach are optimistic they'll still be able start next school year in their spot at the Laulani Village Shopping Center as planned.
Before they can open, they need the approval of all the other tenants of that shopping plaza.
The school's founder said they've received an outpouring of support from almost all of the other tenants except one. Ross Stores Inc. is reportedly asking for changes to the lease for their Dress for Less store.
KITV4 reached out to Ross for more information but have not yet heard back.
DreamHouse's founder, Alex Teece, said they hope Ross sees that their moving in will benefit the store.
"We really hope that they'll sign off given that our families shop at Ross," Teece said. "This could be a wonderful partnership in front of us to serve the community."
Since DreamHouse secured the lease with developer Alexander & Baldwin the interest in the school grew. Saturday, they held a public lottery to select the 100 students that will make up their founding class of 6th graders.