Richland School Board approves joint resolution to rebuild Delta High School
RICHLAND, Wash. -- A new building for Delta High School is one step closer to reality. Thursday, the Richland School Board approved a joint resolution for the $15 million dollar project.
Over the last four days, lawyers from Kennewick, Pasco and Richland School Districts have been working together to come up with a plan to rebuild the only STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) school of its kind in the entire state of Washington.
Richland School Board signed off on all the financing and operations details and expect the other two school districts to do the same shortly.
The land where the current school is located is owned by Columbia Basin College, but it will soon be taken over by the Washington STEM Foundation.
The Richland School Districts has agreed to host Delta High School and provide for all of its daily operations and maintenance..
The next step is to ask the state for money for the project and for the Foundation to continue it's fundraising efforts.
"Senator Delvin, Representative Haler and Representative Klippert will make these requests in the legislature. The legislature will be done by April or May, so they will know how much money they have," said Rick Jansons, the President of the Richland School Board.
At the meeting, all board members and the Foundation representative agreed that if for some reason, the agreement falls apart or any school district pulls out after it's built, the money raised would stay in science, technology and math education.
All parties agree that they won't start demolition and rebuilding until financing is secure. And in the worst case scenario, the school will operate as is owned by Columbia Basin College.
Jansons says he's confident the legislature will provide funds for the school, and all parties will work together. He says they have 10 year plans in place and two 10 year expansions in the works.