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Richland Schools Expanding Elementary Schools

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The Richland School Board is now working on plans to build bigger and better elementary schools.

Thanks to an additional $6 million from the state, the Richland School Board will now turn Lewis and Clark, Marcus Whitman, and Sacajawea Elementary Schools into two story structures that measure 65,000 square feet in size.

"We'll build them alongside the existing elementary schools so we can continue our school operations and not incur the costs of portables. So, we'll build the new school during the year. At the end of the year, the students move from the old building into the new building and then we demolish the old building," said Richland School Board President Rick Jansons.

Jansons says each new school will be able to house up to 600 students. That is 150 more per school than the current capacity.