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Pasco School District Breaks Ground on New Elementary

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PASCO, Wash. - Overcrowding is an issue that is not going away in Pasco schools. The passage of a $47-million bond earlier this year will allow for a few new schools to be built.

The first will be located off Road 52 and Powerline. Pasco's 13th elementary school will open to its first 750 students in the fall of 2014. 

Students Thursday were the ones who broke ground on the 20 acre site. The soil they collected will later be used for a school project. 

The 33 classroom building will cost about $15.5 million. Pasco schools are known for portables-a-plenty but assistant superintendent John Morgan said this new school will help.

"The other day I walked around our block and there's ten new houses going up. Ten. That's in less than a month, so we're continuing to grow so we have to be able to plan and we just give great thanks to the community for the resources they provide us to be able to build the schools," Morgan said.

Design West Architects is designing the school and Fowler General Construction will build it. This elementary will be Pasco's first 'green' school and will meet new state requirements that schools be designed to reduce environmental impacts.