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Announcing our New Pedagogical Director for SY 2019–20!

We are pleased to announce that Greg Learned has accepted the position of Pedagogical Director of Kona Pacific Public Charter School for 2019–20.

Greg will be providing leadership and support to all aspects of the school community, with specific focus on the teaching staff and academic program.

A lifelong learner and multi-skilled educator, Greg received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of San Diego, and went on to earn his Waldorf Teaching Certificate in 1999. With more than sixteen years of Waldorf teaching experience, he also brings a deep and diverse range of skills in the arts, from fine art and sculpture to woodwork and construction.

Greg has a distinguished record as a Waldorf educator in South Kona, and was one of the founding teachers of Kona Pacific Public Charter School. His years of dedication to Waldorf education in Kona have included building, and teaching out of, temporary classrooms as we developed our current campus, service on the governing board and countless committees, and, of course, envisioning and manifesting one of our signature events, the annual Halloween Journey, which he led for more than a decade and which has brought in well over $100,000 in fundraising income over the years to support Kona Pacific’s educational programs.

His strengths as a Waldorf educator include a commitment to academic rigor and the ability to inspire students and teachers to reach their highest potential. In his past tenure at Kona Pacific, he demonstrated an exceptional ability to successful weave together the fundamentals of Waldorf education with Hawaiian cultural knowledge.

“I am thrilled to return to Kona Pacific and begin a new phase of life in leadership,” says Greg. “I believe in this school and ‘ohana, and look forward to getting past challenging times and moving into a beautiful future for the students, families and dedicated servants of the community. Our school is a treasure to be nurtured and preserved for generations to come. Let’s joyfully bring our school into its best possible self and become a model of perseverance and growth.”

Please join us in welcoming Greg back to Kona Pacific and into his new leadership role!

 

Governing Board Updates on the NOPR

At its general meeting on March 14, the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission voted to issue a “Notice of Prospect of Revocation” of the charter contract with Kona Pacific Public Charter School. This moves the school into a complex process that could result in the revocation of the our charter contract and the closure of the school. However, the Governing Board is working closely with the school’s attorneys, and with the Commission staff, to ensure that Kona Pacific remains open and continues to serve the families of Kona into the future. Please check here frequently for updates on the process.

23 April 2019 Update
Aloha Kona Pacific Staff and Families,
The school’s response to the NOPR was submitted to the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission yesterday. The governing board has proposed a full reconstitution of the board as an alternative to revocation of the school’s charter contract, and the commissioners will be voting whether to accept this proposal at their next meeting, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 9 in Honolulu.
The response also provides information regarding the many erroneous assertions made in the commission’s NOPR letter, and documents the corrective actions that the school has already put in place.
The entire response document can be viewed here.
As we await the commissioners’ decision, we ask our spirited school community to come together, find the common ground that connects us, and work towards a sustainable future for Kona Pacific and the children that we serve and cherish.
Mahalo,
KPPCS GB

 

 

School Hours

Kindergarten:
8:00 am – 12:30 pm daily

First through Eighth Grade:
8:00 am – 2:45 pm (M,T,TH,F)
8:00 am – 1:30 pm (W)

The pu blows at 7:55, at which time the children line up for morning protocol. Morning supervision in the recess area begins at 7:30 a.m.

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