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Richland School Board Votes to Add Portable for White Bluffs Elementary

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Richland is a growing city and some of their schools are dealing with overcrowding because of it. Parents shared their strong opinions Thursday at the Richland School Board meeting about the overcrowding issue at White Bluffs Elementary.

The board considered capping enrollment or adding a portable to deal with the more than 800 students that attend the school. They voted three to two to add a double-wide portable at the school to keep class sizes smaller and avoid re-purposing the library and art room for classrooms.

Every parent NBC Right Now spoke with supported the idea of adding a portable.

"If we want to continue the environment and the learning capabilities they have at White Bluffs, we have to do that. There's a reason why that area is growing. There's a reason there's 850 kids at that school. We have fantastic teachers, fantastic kids, parents and you can't jeopardize that," said a White Bluff's parent, Jill Oldson.

One White Bluffs student spoke at the meeting in support for adding a portable. She was worried overcrowding would affect her art class experience.

When the board voted in favor of adding a portable, parents applauded their decision. In two years when Brantingham Elementary is built administrators hope that will alleviate some of the overcrowding at white bluffs.