Richland, Wash. - As developers continue to build new houses in West Richland and south Richland, the Richland School Board is looking toward the future and the resources that will be needed to educate all those students.
The School Board held a special meeting Thursday night to begin the discussion on the next round of major construction and renovation projects for the Richland School District. Because of expected enrollment growth, the district will likely need an additional elementary school, middle school and high school in the next ten years.
"We have huge growth on the south and west side of our district that we need to address, as well as three 40-year old schools downtown that need repairs and upgrades. They're at the end of their useful life," said Richland School Board Chair Rick Jansons.
Jansons adds that they're only in the early stages of the process, and they don't expect to put a bond or levy measure on the ballot until some time next year at the earliest. The School District's last bond measure was approved in 2003.