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Washington School Board here to study Delta High School

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PASCO, Wash. -- The Washington State School Board toured the Delta High School in Richland in an effort to establish more STEM schools in the state.

Delta high school is a special science, technology, engineering and math school, hoping to nurture the engineers and scientists of our future.

The students who attend Delta come from all three Tri-City  school districts.  it is the only school to do that in Washington.

Wednesday, the school board toured the Richland School and held a meeting at Columbia Basin College, which owns the school building,  hoping to learn how to make it happen.

The Washington superintendent of public instruction, Randy Dorn,  says schools like this need a public-private partnership because they're expensive to start up.  Delta was made a reality with the help of Battelle and the Paul Allen Foundation.

Dorn says the investment will be well worth it in the future. "It's a great argument that where people grow up, people want to go back to.  So if you're going to grow your own, they will stay here.  Instead of bringing people in from another state that's 2,000 miles away and that's where their family is," says Dorn.

Dorn also says lawmakers and Governor Gregoire signed a new bill last week that aims at creating more of these STEM school, but the funding the state can provide is quite limited.