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Richland School District Still Considering Bond Options

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Richland School Board members say they need to work out a few more kinks before presenting a $98 million bond to voters.

If approved by voters in February, the bond would primarily be used to re-build Marcus Whitman, Lewis and Clark, and Sacajawea Elementary Schools. Richland is growing quickly and the district says they need to build to create enough space for new students.

The bond also outlined the closure of Jefferson elementary school to use the space for the Home Link program. But after parents voiced concern at a previous meeting, board members are looking at other options to keep the school open.

"Most if not all the board members say we need to keep Jefferson as a K through 5. There's an old wing, we could things to, it's a successful place, said Richland School Board Member Rick Donohoe.

Board members have looked at 43 different options for the bond so far, but they're running out of time. They must have the final version submitted to the auditor's office next month. the next meeting is Tuesday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. Public comments are welcome.