SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (March 18, 2013) -- The three-year $33.2 million construction plan for Hale Kula Elementary School, here, is scheduled for rapid implementation.

School officials indicated building and renovation of the school, originally built in 1959, is scheduled to begin following completion of spring classes, May 24.

The combined effort including U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii command, its School Liaison Office, the Department of Defense and the Hawaii Department of Education officials were all identified as key participants in the process to secure funding.

"Through a cooperative effort, we had all our ducks in order," said Jan Iwase, principal, Hale Kula Elementary School. "It (construction contracts) should be awarded in April."

In addition to new building construction and renovation of existing classrooms -- including new flooring, painting, ceiling fan and furniture installation, they are all scheduled during the three-year project, currently scheduled for completion by August 2013.

The highlight of the new design will be a new, two-story library-media center and student support center.

"We are so excited," Iwase said. "This is like a gift."