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Richland School District Buys Land for New Elementary School

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RICHLAND, Wash. - A brand new elementary school in Richland is expected to open its doors in the fall of 2015. It is all part of the $98 million bond voters passed in February.

The Richland School District recently purchased a piece of land in South Richland for the school.

The district says White Bluffs and Badger Mountain elementaries are packed, and a new school will help with the overcrowding.

 A lot of housing developments have been built in South Richland, and a new apartment complex is even going up on the property that is right next to this piece of land the school district just purchased.

Neighbors say the area is a tight knit community and they are thrilled a new school, among other things, will be right down the street.

"We're all pretty homey and get along with each other and we're like hey, let's go to the park or the dog park, which is right down the street, as well. So, man, there's a dog park, a school, Yoke's, and there's walk areas all around here," said Jessica Vowels who likes the new location.

NBC Right Now learned the design process for the new elementary will take about a year. The district  hopes to break ground next spring. They then hope to spend another year building it. They hope to have students in the school by August of 2014.