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East Pasco sees growth

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PASCO, Wash--  For Hugo Moreno, it's another day in his East Pasco neighborhood.  He's lived here for the past six years and has seen first hand one of the city's little secrets-- how much change the area has *really* seen.

"I see Road 68 is expanding and my girlfriend lives over there and you know it looks exactly the same. I live the same life here, that I live there," he tells us.

"Over the past decade, probably the biggest change has been East Pasco from what it was," explains Gary Crutchfield, Pasco City Manager.  "I mean the west side was basically sage brush and asparagus. East Pasco was an old neighborhood, very under developed."

And one of the biggest reasons for rapid growth is new schools; the district has built three since the start of 2000.   There are even plans to add more.

"Our biggest issue right now, as everybody knows, is being able to finance new schools," says John Morgan with the Pasco School District.  "We need the schools, we need the schools right now, like you said, I mentioned that we're growing an elementary school every year."

School leaders say they're growing about 600 students a year.  As for how much *more* development East Pasco might see, city leaders say it'll likely grow by several hundred more homes in the next decade.