Environmental hurdle cleared for new building at Kealakehe Elementary

Students get to know each other in Mrs. Davis classroom on the first day of class at Kealakehe Elementary School on the first day of the 2017-18 school year. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today, file photo)
The portable classroom, front, will be removed to make way for a proposed new building at Kealakehe Elementary School. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file photo)
An overhead view shows the current layout of Kealakehe Elementary School, where a new classroom building has been proposed. The new building would be in the south of the campus between the cafeteria and building "G." (Photo from final environmental assessment/Special to West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — A project that will increase teaching space at Kealakehe Elementary School is moving closer to fruition.