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UPDATE: City of Pasco Approved Special Site Permit for Delta High School Expansion

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PASCO, Wash.-  The City of Pasco agreed with the planning commission to move forward with the new Delta High School during Monday's city council meeting.

Pasco council members unanimously voted to approve a special permit for Delta High School to be built on commercially zoned property.

The City of Pasco requires a special permit for any structure that does not fit in the normal permit class, such as churches and schools.

To qualify for the special permit, the planning commission had to review the property and make recommendations on where the school should be located, as well as harmonious with the surrounding area.

Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins said, "In particular, we had an existing neighborhood nearby and needed to put the school in the right location on the site. They suggested putting a block wall and a few other details to make it so we can do another high school in Pasco."

The State of Washington could also help Delta High School get a brand new building.

The Superintendent of Public Instruction has allotted $10-million dollars to build a larger facility, so more students can have the opportunity to work on stem education courses.

Delta will be a Tri-City high school located centrally off of Road 100, near Broadmoor in Pasco.

They hope to break ground as soon as next year.



PASCO, Wash. - Educators say a local high school that focuses on STEM education classes is a huge success and expanding it will bring more opportunities for students.

Land along Road 100 will eventually be the new home of Delta High School and some money from the state could get students here earlier than thought.

The Superintendent of Public Instruction has allotted $10M to help build a larger facility so more students can focus on STEM education courses. The funds would cover most of the construction costs but the school district still has to meet certain requirements, like proving they need the money and showing the plans for the school before they get a check.

A Pasco School District official tells NBC Right Now that the money is almost a sure thing.

I think we're going to get it, it's just a matter of when we're going to get it. Everybody says what a great idea it is, everybody in the legislature and OSPI, now the question is actually getting it. We will. It's just a matter of when," said Pasco School District's Assistant Superintendent, John Morgan.

One of the things that will help the school district secure the funding is showing that the city supports plans to build the school on Road 100 in Pasco.

The city council will make a decision on a special permit for the school during their meeting Monday night.