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Richland School Board Gets Down to Bond Business

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RICHLAND, Wash. -Now that Richland voters have approved a $98 million dollar school bond, school board members have their pencils out.

They spent Friday looking where to redraw boundary lines, deciding how many students will go to which schools, and preparing just in case the state legislature doesn't come through with matching funds.

"We think preliminarily, we may be getting four million dollars less from the state than we anticipated," says Rick Jansons, school board president, "which means we have to sharpen our pencils more and make some hard decisions. We are going to deliver the projects we promised, and we're going to deliver them on budget and on time, and we have to make sure we keep that commitment to our constituents."

The bond pays for a new middle and elementary school, and makes improvements at Chief Joseph Middle and Jefferson Elementary Schools and Fran Rish Stadium.

The bond will also fund a permanent home for the Three Rivers Home link Alternative School.

The school board will hold public meetings in the coming weeks to explain the new boundary lines, changes to school populations, and the timeline for the projects.